Days after U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents descended on dozens of Northern California businesses, labor leaders and immigration activists worry one of the largest rounds of workplace audits in years will cast even deeper fears across immigrant communities, pushing them further into the shadows.
Clueless activists, according to the equally clueless Mercury News, say undocumented immigrants have become hesitant to show up to work, and others have stopped showing up altogether.
Nervous employers have been reaching out to attorneys and immigrant advocates to ask about their rights. Apparently their “right to remain silent,” is very popular right now.
The audits targeted a mixture of businesses — restaurants, stores, factories and more — that are unrelated to each other, said ICE spokesman James Schwab Friday. But ICE officials did not reveal the names or the reason they zeroed in on 77 businesses in the San Jose, San Francisco and Sacramento regions this week to verify if their employees were legal U.S. workers.
All sanctuary cities. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure this out.