IMMIGRANT WORKERS: at the heart of california's economy
Did you know that one of every three members of the California workforce is an immigrant?
Immigrants contribute a massive $600 billion to our state’s gross domestic product each year and are vital to a host of industries.
But broken immigration policies put too many workers - both undocumented and documented - at risk of unjust firings. We need to make sure that immigration law protects all workers' labor and civil rights.
UPHOLDING THE RIGHTS OF ALL WORKERS
CIPC believes that our nation's immigration policies should:
- Reflect our country’s core values of fairness and respect for work. Immigration law should protect all workers’ labor and civil rights.
- Uphold labor and employment standards for all.
- Restrict, rather than build on, a burdensome "employer sanctions framework."
"e-verify" - putting all workers at risk
E-Verify is a flawed, costly web-based program that lets U.S. businesses verify the work authorization of new hires. Right now, it's optional for most employers.
Did you know that if E-Verify were forced on all California businesses, errors in the database would kill the jobs of 90,000 work-authorized Californians?
And that's not all. Many undocumented workers who are a crucial part of our economy would be forced deeper into the shadows.
TAKING ACTION IN CALIFORNIA
CIPC co-sponsored the Employment Acceleration Act with MALDEF in 2011, written by Assemblymember Paul Fong (D-Cupertino) and signed by Governor Brown. The bill ensures that city, county and state government cannot force private business owners to use E-Verify.
In 2012, the new law - and community groups in San Bernardino County - helped stop a highly discriminatory, "scarlet letter"- type proposal.
The Impact of E-Verify on California's Economy
Immigration Policy Center, July 2011
Facts About E-Verify
National Immigration Law Center, January 2011
Mandatory E-Verify without Legalization Would Hamper Economic Recovery and Cost U.S. Workers Jobs
Immigration Policy Center, February 2011