Immigration debates are threatening to spin out of control especially now that the restrictionists are in government and other powerful positions. This is a threat even to business owners as they are vulnerable to having their workplaces infringed.
Persons who live in Maricopa County are familiar with the worksite raids that were conducted by Sheriff Joe Arpaio. The Sheriff used them as part of his propaganda tool in order to gain power and instill fear not only to undocumented immigrants but also the business owners.
Sheriff Joe Arpaio used to conduct workplace raids in a SWAT-like operation and using excessive force. One could be forgiven to think that the Sheriff was after dangerous and notorious criminals in such places. He used to time his workplace raids perfectly to ensure they were broadcasted on the evening news bulletin.
A number of business persons in Arizona tried to resist these workplace raids by educating the masses on anti-immigrant rhetoric as well as establishing Arizona Employers for Immigration Reform.
However, real help was never found and only a small number of the elected officials used to stand up to condemn these workplace raids. This issue was taken to the courts for a number of years but it has remained in dispute.
Light at the End of the Tunnel
At last there is some light at the end of the tunnel in California as its assembly is a different entity altogether. Recently, the assembly passed the AB 450 – Immigrant Worker Protection Act.
This Act aims at allowing California employers to forbid immigration agents from accessing their workplaces or even viewing their files without a warrant or subpoena. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: https://www.facebook.com/jimlarkin53 and http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427427/Jim_Larkin
This Act is in support of the “no warrant, no hold” concept, which a number of jurisdictions are suggesting to curb the handing over of individuals without felonies to BP or ICE for straight deportation. The newly passed AB 450 is headed to the State Senate.
In addition, this proposal provides for protection of employees from their employers who make a report of any unfair labor situations. It will also protect employees who participate actively in any activity protected by law regardless of their immigration status. Read more: Michael Larcey | Crunchbase
The proposal provides for employers to make reports to an employee representative and the Labor Commission on any ICE audit or worksite raids. Despite President Trump’s stand on immigrants, both authorized and unauthorized, they are the real drivers of the economy in California through their labor.
About Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund
Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey are the co-founders of the Village Voice Media as well as the Phoenix New Times.
They were awarded a $3.75 million settlement award by the United States Court of Appeals after they had been arrested at night by Sheriff Joe Arpaio. The duo committed this money towards funding the causes of migrant rights organizations based in Arizona.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin’s homes were raided at night by the Sheriff for reporting that there were proceedings of a grand jury against him. The fund will support organizations that promote human, civil and migrant rights. It also supports groups advocating for civic participation and freedom of speech.