The new year will usher in a slew of new laws in California. Here are three immigration-related laws that take effect Jan. 1, 2018:
1. California is a 'sanctuary state.'
Under this law, state and local law enforcement agencies cannot use resources to detain someone on federal immigration laws. That means they can't inquire about someone's immigration status or detain someone on a hold request from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement [ICE].
2. Landlords cannot report tenants to ICE.
This separate law means landlords cannot report their tenant's immigration status to ICE. They also cannot use their tenant's immigration status to threaten to evict them.
3. Workplace immigration inspections will be limited.
AB-450 bans employers from consenting to ICE workplace inspections without a warrant. Moreover, an employer has to let an employee know within 72 hours of receiving a federal inspection notice.