California threatens to prosecute employers who cooperate with ICE raids

California threatens to prosecute employers who cooperate with ICE raids
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[Ed. – Unless California stands down, this looks like a showdown coming.  If it doesn’t quite feel like 1861, it’s still a state led by Democrats trying to resist the enforcement of federal law.  The pressure point is state employers, who are being required to comply with new California laws while also somehow avoiding violation of federal law, which could also subject them to steep fines or even jail.  The effect California no doubt hopes for is that employers will lie to the feds and cover for employees.  The effect they’re going to get: more employers leaving the state as fast as they can.]

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra (D-CA) said during a press conference Thursday that employers in California who cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in their rumored upcoming immigration raids would be prosecuted if they cooperate in a manner that violates California law.

Becerra held the press conference following reports that ICE officials are “preparing for a major sweep in San Francisco and other Northern California cities.” …

“There are new laws in place in California now in 2018 with the advent of 2018. I mentioned two of them specifically, AB 450 and SB 54. AB 450 in particular deals with the workplace in particular and how we go about treating the information about the workplace and employees at the workplace by employers,” Becerra explained. …

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Becerra then told the reporters gathered that ignorance of the new laws is not a defense.

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