First, the City of Oakland and their move from Sanctuary City to Sanctuary Workplaces.
The Oakland City Council voted unanimously this week on a resolution that asks cities based there to create "sanctuary workplaces" for immigrant workers they may employ.
The resolution asks businesses to abide by the resolution, which “calls upon employers to establish sanctuary workplaces, where workers are respected and not threatened or discriminated against based on their immigration status.”
[Oakland Passes Resolution Asking Businesses To Create Sanctuary Workplaces, by Riley McDermid, San Francisco Business Times, April 19, 2017]
It is, of course, illegal to hire illegal aliens; a violation of Title 8 United States Code Section 1324a, Unlawful Employment of Aliens.
Businesses immediately responded and established themselves publicly as open employers of illegal aliens. Well, actually, the movement by restaurants to protect their illegal alien workforce started well before the move by the Oakland City Council, who refuse to deal with the real problems Oakland has, a crumbling infrastructure and rampant Black crime.
But the real problems of the San Francisco Bay Area; crime, housing prices, infrastructure, are not that important to San Francisco's business leaders. The real concern is protecting their illegal alien work force.
San Francisco is perhaps the most visible and outspoken sanctuary city — a place that protects illegal immigrants — in America. And so it makes sense that this mindset has trickled down to the area’s businesses, restaurants included. For the past few months, various restaurants have been declaring themselves sanctuaries, meaning anyone and everyone is welcome.
Now the Bay Area restaurant advocate Golden Gate Restaurant Association is getting involved, announcing today in a press conference that it has joined the movement and will begin to formally educate its 1,000 member restaurants on what their immigrant employees’ and guests’ rights are. GGRA executive director Gwyneth Borden told the SF Examiner, “We already have a very tight labor market. We can’t afford to lose our workers. We also can’t afford to have people showing up for work fearful of being able to stay in this country.” Reportedly more than 30 percent of San Francisco’s restaurant workers are believed to be undocumented, making this an incredibly necessary cause for the local hospitality industry.
[Sanctuary Restaurant Movement Continues to Gain Traction in Bay Area, by Stephanie Tuder, SF Eater, March 10, 2017]
The article even provides a convenient list of employers of illegal aliens. A list similar to this interactive website that publicizes restaurants that employ illegal aliens, called Sanctuary Restaurants and provides a map locating all the sites where the illegal employment occurs.
For example, The Absinthe Group, a well known San Francisco restaurant group, run by Bill Russell-Shapiro, is on the Sanctuary Restaurants site. Of course, the business plan of any successful restaurant almost demands a large number of low-wage illegal alien employees to pad the profit margin, just like Chipotle does. It is the standard business model for the industry. Now, we don't know if Russell-Shapiro uses the illegal alien labor as part of his business model. For all one knows he might use E-Verify at his restaurants. But unlikely. However, you can contact Russell-Shapiro here, email here, and ask:
368 Hayes St 2nd Floor., San Francisco, Ca 94102 (415) 864-2693
You can also contact the ICE HSI Special Agent-in-Charge Ryan L. Spradlin and ask him about the flagrant contempt for the law by dozens of San Francisco restaurant owners here:
630 Sansome Street Room 890
San Francisco, CA, 94111
Phone: (415) 844-5455
Fax: (510) 267-3870
And flagrant and contemptuous of Federal immigration law it is. So flagrant that this May Day, these titans and captains of the restaurant industry will be closing their restaurants to aid their illegal alien employees. Restauranteurs Amparo, Lorenzo, William and Patricia Vigil of Puerto Alegre, a middling Mexican restaurant in the cutthroat low-end restaurant business of San Francisco, is leading those involved in supporting what is most likely numerous illegal alien employees and will close in support of those illegal aliens, even organizing other restaurants on Facebook to close as well. You can contact Messrs and Madame Vigil at (415) 255-8201 and ask them if they use E-Verify or employ illegal aliens.
The May Day Communist Holiday event, the voluntary closing of businesses that are dependant on illegal alien labor, is going to be a major event in the Bay Area:
Yet after lunch Monday, Carmona intends to exercise one of the advantages of being a union member. She plans to walk out of work after lunch to join thousands of hotel staff, restaurant employees, nurses, teachers and others in the Bay Area in a May Day strike calling for workers’ and immigrants’ rights.
“All immigrants — whether we are from Mexico or (are) Muslims or Asian immigrants — we should be able to work freely and in peace, and we shouldn’t be harassed by immigration,” said Carmona, who’s a permanent resident living legally in the U.S. and has lived in Oakland for 17 years.
Carmona and about 60 other hotel workers from Oakland and Emeryville will gather at Mandela Parkway and Yerba Buena Avenue in Oakland from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., to demand sanctuary workplaces and to tear down a prop wall that symbolizes the wall that President Trump wants to build along the U.S.-Mexico border...
“Immigrant workers should not be harassed, and there should be dignified work for immigrants,” she said.
[Bay Area Workers, Immigrants Part Of Nationwide May Day Strike, by Sarah Ravani, SF Gate, April 29, 2017]
And by "immigrants," they mean illegal aliens, because legal immigrants don't need sanctuary workplaces. Thankfully, the organizers of the Sanctuary Restaurant movement admit that they are acting to protect their illegal alien workforce and their business model of hiring illegal aliens:
"Undocumented workers make the beautiful dishes that you're eating," Martinez told Fortune. "Let's take an honest look at the systematic issues that criminalize so many immigrants..."
According to a recent Bureau of Labor Statistics report, 1.4 million of the 12.7 million employees in the restaurant workforce are undocumented immigrants...
To take their awareness efforts further, Martinez and Miller have spent the past year and a half throwing "Right2Work" dinners to "create a space to discuss the reality of what’s happening." The dinner series, which features live music, guest speakers and panel discussions, has sold out for every one of the 11 events held so far — one of which Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney attended.
[How The Restaurant Industry Is Fighting President Trump On Immigration, by Aric Jenkins, April 9, 2017]
And they aren't shy about their criminality, even tweeting about it:
Live in the Bay Area & want a beautiful encouraging yummy way to support #SanctuaryRestaurants? Come hang on 4/24.https://t.co/lHMEi1Z5P6 pic.twitter.com/HkeCRKKhPA— SanctuaryRestaurants (@table4everyone) April 19, 2017
This is an open challenge to President Trump and Secretary Kelly. Will they take action and order HSI worksite enforcement teams to raid these scofflaws or will they back down? Enquiring minds want to know. Raid a few and the rest will fall in line. That is how enforcement is supposed to work, you frighten others into obeying the law, the fear of raid, arrest, prosecution, and imprisonment. Time for President Trump and Secretary Kelly follow advice from this writer, strike at those who defy immigration law. Raids, checkpoints, arrests, pepper spray, handcuffs, tears, fines, and prosecutions today and tomorrow throughout the defiant San Francisco restaurant scene!