California AG Pledges to “Prosecute” Employers who assist Federal Immigration Officials



In an unprecedented and constitutionally questionable move, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra threatened to prosecute any businesses who assist federal law enforcement officers with immigration enforcement actions.

“It’s important, given these rumors out there, to let people and more specifically employers know that if they voluntarily start giving up information about their employees in ways that contradict our new California law, they subject themselves to actions by my office or local prosecutors enforcing AB 450,” he said at a Thursday press conference.

Becerra announced his decision to go rogue in response to press reports that ICE is planning more enforcement actions throughout the state in coming weeks. Any cooperation with federal officials, he contends, rises to a violation of AB 450, or the “Immigrant Worker Protection Act.”

The former congressman said he will instruct the state Department of Justice and the state Labor Commissioner’s Office to issue formal guidelines to employers regarding their responsibilities the law which effect on Jan. 1, 2018.

The law prohibits an employer “from providing voluntary consent to an immigration enforcement agent to enter nonpublic areas of a place of labor unless the agent provides a judicial warrant, except as specified.”

It also grants authority to the state to fine violators up to $5,000 for a first violation and $5,000 up to $10,000 for each subsequent violation.

The action could place him directly in the line of fire of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) acting director Thomas Homan who has pledged to crack down on officials in sanctuary jurisdictions.

Earlier this month, acting Homan said on Fox News that a level of accountability needs to be established and suggested the Justice Department needs to “start charging some of these politicians” in sanctuary cities.

California Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris blasted the idea and suggested in a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions that Homan was asking Justice to simply punish elected officials “for acting in their official capacity pursuant to a validly-promulgated law by the state legislature.”

Homan said that his duty is not to follow state law, but to a higher authority – federal law.

“Let me say this about the [senators]that wrote the letter — I didn’t think Congress is in the business of enacting laws they don’t want law enforcement to enforce,” Homan countered. “I’m enforcing the laws that Congress enacted. And for them to say that I shouldn’t be enforcing the laws, there would be no integrity in the entire system.”

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4 Comments

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    To show how sincere we are, we should demand that if Xavier Becerra actually will prosecute employers who follow the federal law – then it stands that we should arrest, prosecute him for NOT following the federal law. And all those officials need to be made responsible for not following the federal law.

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    FerociousFlower on

    European White Americans are the most generously patient of all races and cultures . . . until they are not.

    Since our guy, President Trump threw-down the gauntlet on the immigrant infestation, more and more White Americans are opening their eyes and ears to what is going on around them.

    We don’t readily hear about California’s awakening because of the racist homophobic bigoted Nazi labels, stifling their willingness to go full-frontal (yeah homophobic because that’s always tossed-in, no matter what), so they take the avenue of Cold Anger, observing, waiting, planning . . . and when that Cold Anger calls for justice, I do NOT see California going to Mexico or Mexican infiltrators without a fight. There are a hell-of-a-lot more Anti-Mexican residents along the West Coast than we realize.

    #MAGA . . . Exposing the Leftist/Feminist-Cult and all their shenanigans 24/7/365.

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    The entire Democratic party and some Republicans need to register as agents of a foreign country. When the Mexican government tells them jump, they ask how high.

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    Yep, the Mexican-Americans are brazenly taking over California. Long Beach Sen. Ricardo Lara is another fine 2nd-generation Mexican-American born to illegal Mexican immigrants who is more concern with the well-being of his compadres than the non-Hispanics. They all line up behind their Hispanic hero 1st-generation Mexican-American Gorge Ramos who had the nerve to openly lecture Trump on national TV that the Hispanics have enough votes today to swing elections – including presidential! – to candidates most advancing the HISPANIC agenda!!! While we are investigating POSSIBLE Russia’s meddling into our election, the Mexicans are openly advertising it! WTF?
    To think that the DACA controversy is the last we’d hear from the ‘dissatisfied’ Mexican community here would be a big mistake. They are only gearing up to the next demand of open border so that the entire population of Mexico would be able to relocate here if so desired!! Sadly, it would appear that the descendants of the white European settlers who perished at the Alamo perished in vain. Thank you, Dianna Feinstein. Job well done!

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