California Attorney General Xavier Becerra threatened employers with legal repercussions, including being prosecuted, if they help share information with federal immigration authorities and violate the state’s “sanctuary state” bill, The Sacramento Bee reported.
Under the Immigration Worker Protection Act, businesses face fines up to $10,000 if they help immigration authorities, or U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Beccera said. The act prevents workers from being detained at workplaces.
“It’s important, given these rumors that are out there, to let people know – more specifically today, employers – that if they voluntarily start giving up information about their employees or access to their employees in ways that contradict our new California laws, they subject themselves to actions by my office,” Becerra said at a news conference, according to The Sacramento Bee. “We will prosecute those who violate the law.”
The new California law prevents immigration authorities from raiding workplaces for immigration purposes. The law requires immigration agents obtain a subpoena or court order before searching a workplace.
Becerra said the Department of Justice and the Labor Commission’s office will issue guidance to local agencies for their responsibilities under the new state law that went into effect earlier this year.
Beccera said the report of raids in northern California workplaces are only “rumors,” as they were are not aware of impending raids.