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El Paso commissioners withdraw support for immigration raids

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On May 5, El Paso County officials adopted a resolution calling for an end to workplace immigration raids until Congress passes comprehensive immigration reform legislation.

The “Rights and Justice for Immigrant Workers” resolution calls for eliminating employer sanctions and no-match letters because they “enhance work-related discriminatory practices.”

The resolution also seeks to ensure that labor laws, employment rights and civil protection statutes are enforced regardless of employees’ immigration status. The action effectively prohibits local police forces from assisting federal immigration enforcement efforts. According to the resolution, it “would be counterproductive and costly” for state and local law enforcement agents to do the work of federal enforcement agents.

The resolution was endorsed by immigrant worker advocacy organizations, including Border Network for Human Rights, La Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center, League of United Latin American Citizens and the Centro de Trabajadores Fronterizos.

Tip: Immigration is a politically charged issue right now and employers are often caught in the middle. At minimum, employers should maintain I-9 forms and copies of the identification each employee presents at time of hire. Complete I-9 files show the employer did its part to comply with the law.

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