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Rage for Order Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-07-08 10:32 PM
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Hire An Illegal Immigrant In Arizona And You Could Lose Your Business
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PHOENIX - A federal judge on Thursday upheld an Arizona law that prohibits businesses from knowingly hiring illegal immigrants and yanks the business licenses of those that do. U.S. District Judge Neil Wake dismissed a lawsuit filed by business groups that argued that federal immigration law severely restricts Arizona's ability to punish people who knowingly employ illegal immigrants.

Businesses that knowingly hire illegal immigrants could face a business license suspension lasting up to 10 days under the new law. Second-time violators would have their business licenses permanently revoked. The law also requires businesses to use an otherwise voluntary federal database to verify the employment eligibility of new workers.

The law is intended to weaken the economic incentive for immigrants to sneak across the border and lessen Arizona's role as the busiest illegal gateway into the country. The Pew Hispanic Center estimates that illegal immigrants account for one in 10 workers in the Arizona economy.

Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas said the law is "a good-faith effort to deal with the immigration crisis by focusing on those relatively few employers who intentionally or knowingly hire illegal immigrants."

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When the people of DU discussed last summer's immigration reform proposal, a common refrain was that gov't should go after the employers, not the illegals. It seems that is now the case in Arizona.
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