NFIB Reacts to Assembly Penalizing Employers for Cooperating with ICE Agents

Date: September 14, 2017

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Small businesses urge Governor Brown to Veto AB 450 (Chiu)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
National Federation of Independent Business/California
Contact: Shawn Lewis (916) 342-9315; Shawn.Lewis@NFIB.org
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NFIB Reacts to Assembly Penalizing Employers for Cooperating with ICE Agents
Small businesses urge Governor Brown to Veto AB 450 (Chiu)

SACRAMENTO, Calif., September 14, 2017 – Following the California State Assembly passing Assembly Bill 450 (Chiu) last night, NFIB California State Executive Director Tom Scott issued the following statement on behalf of our 22,000 small business members:

“We are deeply concerned with the passage of AB 450 and are urging Governor Jerry Brown to veto this bill as it places employers in a no-win situation between federal immigration enforcement officers and state labor enforcement officials by punishing employers for simply cooperating with federal immigration enforcement officers who appear at their workplace.

“AB 450 claims to be about protecting the rights of workers, but instead places employers in serious legal jeopardy, subjecting them to stiff fines and penalties of up to $10,000 for simply cooperating with federal law enforcement. Furthermore, this bill leaves serious ambiguities regarding a small business owner’s roles and expectations in an immigration enforcement incident. Would this bill make the small business owner the chief enforcement officer of ensuring ICE agents have a warrant before entering the premises? Could this bill put small business owners in the position of obstructing justice? How does this bill ensure a small business owner is not bring forced to defy federal law in order to enforce state mandates?

“Because this bill raises more questions than answers and makes our small business climate even more hostile in this state, NFIB is strongly urging Governor Brown to veto AB 450.”

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For more than 70 years, the National Federation of Independent Business has been the Voice of Small Business, taking the message from Main Street to the halls of Congress and all 50 state legislatures. NFIB has 350,000 dues-paying members nationally, with over 22,000 in California. NFIB annually surveys its members on state and federal issues vital to their survival as America’s economic engine and biggest creator of jobs. To learn more visit www.NFIB.com/california

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