Labor Commissioner Julie Su recently told her staff to deny entry of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents from certain offices unless they have warrants for entry.
Three events over the last ten months pushed Su to making this decision. According to Sacbee.com, ICE agents went after information of workers who filed concerns about their employers. The ICE agents did attend two hearings for these employers but did leave when asked. How they learned of these appointments is still unknown to Su.
There have also been numerous complaints from workers that their employers have threatened to deport them. Just last year, Su’s Department of Industrial Relations looked into 14 separate accounts from workers who claimed they had been threatened at their workplace. This year alone they have opened 58 cases.
The reason Su doesn’t want ICE in the hearings is that it hinders the illegal immigrant workers from reporting those employers because they fear they will be arrested by ICE. Su expounds on this concept saying the following:
“What (the workers) say is ‘I don’t want to pursue my case anymore.’ It’s our job to prevent retaliation, not assist in it.”
California has been strongly against President Trump and his Immigration plan since the very beginning. However, several main officials have recently taken a much stronger stand against the Trump administration. Su is now the third leader of a state department to actively resist moves by the United States government.
They have long opposed Trump’s platform for building a wall along our southern border and adding thousands of more ICE agents. This has caused more backlash from California who is still trying to create bills that legally makes them a “sanctuary state.” Assemblyman David Chiu is a Democrat from San Francisco who sponsored the bill that would restrict immigration enforcement at their jobs. He describes the reason for needing the bill below:
“The atmosphere of fear created by Trump and ICE’s expanded dragnet hurt all California workers. We have to do everything we can to fight back, and it’s great to see our labor commissioner taking a stand against the small minority of unscrupulous employers who are illegally retaliating against their employees.”