Sacramento, CA – The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) California released the following statement from David Huerta, President, SEIU-USWW on Assembly Passage of AB 450 (Chiu):
“California has the chance to lead the nation and demonstrate that the answer to mindless hate and indiscriminate targeting of immigrants is respect for every individual’s legal rights and due process. By passing AB 450 (Chiu), the Assembly stood up for fairness and the rule of law.
“This measure not only protects workers from unfair detention, it also helps workers know their rights and offers employers important clarity about appropriate action to take when ICE agents target their businesses with indiscriminate raids.
“One in every 10 workers in California is an undocumented immigrant. Immigrants pick our crops, prepare our meals, care for our children and elders, clean our buildings, and are woven into the fabric of our workplaces, our economy, and our lives. California must take every step it can to ensure that our workplaces do not become the site of illegal detention and wanton violations of workers’ rights.”