California’s top labor law enforcer, Labor Commissioner Julie Su, wants federal immigration agents to stay away from offices where state investigators weigh claims about underpaid employees and workplace retaliation.
She directed her staff to turn away Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents unless the federal officers have warrants.
The Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency has allegedly showed up twice to California workplaces intending to arrest undocumented workers who are trying to get their employers to pay them what they’re owed, the Los Angeles Times reported this week.
According to the paper, state officials are investigating the incidents as alleged employer retaliation, and fear that if it doesn’t stop soon, workers will be afraid to report unfair and illegal labor practices in the future.
An ICE spokeswoman said the agency could not find evidence to confirm those visits.
The California Labor Commission makes it clear that it protects all workers, regardless of immigration status. From its website:
It does not matter where you were born or whether you have papers to work.
The Labor Commissioner’s Office will not ask about your immigration status or report your immigration status to other government agencies.
You do not need a social security number or photo identification to file a claim or report a violation.
California does not care if you entered the country illegally. They do not care if you have proper documentation to work. California believes in just letting anyone in.
Let’s make this clear. We ALL love immigrants. LEGAL immigrants! Do not come through the window! Knock on the front door and wait for it to be opened.
When many immigrants came through Ellis Island by way of the Statue of Liberty, they came here to be a proud addition to the American dream!
They had to come through the DOOR! There is a beautiful poem “The New Colossus” engraved on a bronze plaque and mounted inside the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty’s lower level.
Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
MOTHER OF EXILES. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden DOOR!”
Door folks, door! Not the window, the door!
California has tore off the door. Not only do they not care who comes in, they make concerted efforts to give them free everything.
There are so many “tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free” around the world who would love to take part in the American dream and they cannot because of all the people who illegally just jump in the front of the line. It is easier to cross some desert than it is to swim an ocean.
It is a sad case of affairs in California.
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