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Court Upholds Arizona Immigration Law

Friday, February 8, 2008

(American Meat Institute)

The U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona upheld an Arizona law that gives the state the authority to seek the suspension and revocation of business licenses of employers that intentionally or knowingly employ workers who are unauthorized to work in the United States.

Effective January 1, 2008, Arizona law prohibits an employer from intentionally or knowingly employing an unauthorized alien. The state law also requires employers in the state to verify the employment eligibility of a newly hired employee through the Basic Plot Program (now known as E-Verify), which is jointly administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Social Security Administration.

Under the state law, the sanctions for intentionally or knowingly employing an unauthorized alien include the possible suspension or revocation of business licenses by the Arizona Superior Court.

To view the decision, click here: http://www.meatinstitute.org/storylinks/2008/ArizonaDecision.pdf.

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