After the Trump administration rescinded the DACA program which protects young immigrant children brought to the U.S. through no choice of their own, one California lawmaker is doing what he can to prevent the deportation of the so-called "Dreamers."
Written by Assemblyman David Chiu, the son of immigrants and a former civil rights attorney, Assembly Bill 450 would require ICE agents to get a warrant before attempting to contact illegal immigrants at their workplace. It would also require employers to notify employees if ICE had come looking for them.
"We know that Donald Trump, if he's going to come after our Dreamers, he's gonna have to find them in our workplaces. And this is why again, this bill is so incredibly important."
AB 450 has garnered a lot of support - more than 20 labor groups and employer associations have endorsed the measures. More than 200,000 people in California alone will be affected by the phase out of DACA.
“AB 450 declares California’s determination to protect our economy and the people who are working hard to contribute to our communities and raise their families in dignity. I’m proud to author this legislation which goes beyond California’s existing defense of immigrants to offer new legal protections for individuals in our workplaces. At the same time, AB 450 offers employers clarity about what to do when ICE agents target their places of business with indiscriminate raids,” Chiu said in a release on his website.
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program protects more than 800,000 undocumented "Dreamers" who were brought into the U.S. by their parents as children. President Obama approved DACA in an executive order back in 2012.