California Attorney General Xavier Becerra recently warned California businesses to comply with the state law that prevents them from cooperating or assisting with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The AG warned that businesses that violated California’s Immigrant Worker Protection Act (“the Act”), which went into effect on January 1, 2018, would face fines of up to $10,000. Even as ICE has threatened and, in fact, has conducted mass workplace raids in Northern California, due in large part to California’s state sanctuary law, California has refused to back down, instead enacting more legislation designed to protect immigrant families and workers in the state. Under the Act, employers must notify their employees in writing within 72 hours of receiving a Notice of Inspection (NOI) for its I-9 records from ICE. Within 72 hours of receiving the results of the I-9 audit, employers must individually inform their employees of the audit findings. Employers must require ICE agents to provide a warrant signed by a judge in order to access non-public areas of a workplace, and may not share confidential information, such as employee’s social security numbers, with ICE, in the absence of receiving a NOI or judicial warrant. Nonetheless, the Act does not prevent ICE from providing a NOI for I-9 forms to a California employer, nor does it excuse California employers from honoring the NOI. As the Trump administration continues to crack down on immigration enforcement efforts, the state of California has continued to push back in an effort to protect its immigrant residents. Due to these events, you and your loved ones may be at a greater risk for deportation. Fortunately, the skilled and knowledgeable immigration lawyers of Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C.are here to get immigrants released from detention and defend them against removal from the country. We handle these types of cases on a regular basis and have valuable knowledge about how to best represent your interests, based on your individual circumstances. By contacting our office right away, you will place yourself in the best position possible to have loved ones released from detention and defend again potential removal from home and family.