POLITICS/BUSINESS (National, State): President Donald Trump, immigration, deportation crackdown, impact on California businesses?: "Trump's promise to ramp up deportations spreads fear -- among California businesses" ....
* Los Angeles Times: "Trump's promise to ramp up deportations spreads fear -- among California businesses" - From the LAT:
The news that President Trump ordered an aggressive crackdown on 11 million undocumented people sent a chill through immigrant communities. California businesses that employ lots of immigrants are shivering too.
Two memos released by Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly on Tuesday directed immigration officers to broaden the scope of their enforcement, conduct more raids of immigrant communities, and detain people living here illegally regardless of whether they had a criminal record. Those marching orders could hit the California economy particularly hard. Many of the industries that depend heavily on immigrants already were experiencing a labor shortage.
Undocumented workers make up 10% of the labor force in California, USC researchers have estimated, and form a large chunk of the employment that drives massive industries such as agriculture and construction.
Undocumented people account for 45% of agriculture employment in California and 21% of construction workers, according to the USC Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration. Smaller but significant portions of the workforce in food service, manufacturing, hospitality and entertainment are undocumented.
California is particularly dependent on immigrants and on undocumented workers not only because ...............