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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.


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.


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



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