Senator Talks Immigration


State Senator Nancy Skinner recently released a letter that outlines Assembly Bill 450 that Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law and became effective on Jan. 1. The new law requires, among other items, employers to verify that immigration officials have judicial warrants or subpoenas prior to entering workplaces in California. It also mandates employers to provide notices to employees if immigration officials request reviews of any employers’ immigration documents. 

Combined with Senate Bill 54, the “sanctuary state bill,” AB 450 “works to protect undocumented workers by prohibiting all public and private employers from granting immigration enforcement agents (ICE) from entering into nonpublic work areas, except if they have a subpoena,” City Manager Jill Keimach wrote in a cover letter that accompanied a copy of Skinners’ missive. 

“This is important to our local employers since penalties to the employers are included in the new legislation,” Keimach wrote.

A copy of Skinner’s letter has been posted to the city’s Know Your Rights page at