[Ed. – The standoff ratchets up. Note that this is the state’s labor commission — not a peace-officer law enforcement agency. To date, the discussion of federal funds being cut has involved law enforcement programs. This move could conceivably endanger federal funding for labor programs. In any case, read the article and try to tell me we still have any semblance left of the rule of law in America.]
Labor Commissioner Julie Su last month directed her staff to turn away Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents unless the federal officers have warrants.
Her directive followed three instances over the past 10 months in which immigration agents sought information about California workers who had filed claims against employers. In two cases, immigration agents attempted to attend hearings where investigators discuss claims with workers and their employers, Su said. In all three cases, the agents left when they were asked, she said. …
Those contacts with immigration officers dovetail with a surge in complaints from California workers about employers threatening to have them deported. Last year, Su’s office in the Department of Industrial Relations investigated 14 complaints from workers who claimed their employers threatened them with immigration enforcement.
So far this year, the department has opened 58 immigration-based retaliation cases, Su said.