California Governor Jerry Brown signed several new immigration bills on October 5th. The new laws faced objections from the state of California, Immigration and Customs Enforcement on a national level, among other groups and associations. The laws prohibit employers from allowing immigration enforcement agents to enter nonpublic workplaces absent a warrant, requires employers to also give notice to employees 72 hours before any federal inspections in the workplace, and does not allow employers to reverify eligibility of workers when not asked by the federal law. Similarly, employers may not allow an immigration agent to access, obtain, or review employment records absent a court order.
Our Take: These new legal positions in the state of California in simplest forms prohibit employers in the state from cooperation with government authorities without a court order. Legal issues in immigration are changing constantly on both the state and national level. It is important to stay up to date on these issues.