What Arizona’s Experience with Mandatory E-Verify Teaches Us

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What Arizona’s Experience with Mandatory E-Verify Teaches Us

MAY 2011

Arizona’s E-Verify law, the Legal Arizona Workers Act, went into effect January 1, 2008, and the U.S. Supreme Court recently found that the law is not preempted by federal law. The law requires all employers in the state to use E-Verify to check the employment authorization of new hires. Businesses risk losing their licenses if caught hiring undocumented workers. While the purpose of the law was to “turn off the job magnet,” it has simply resulted in the growth of Arizona’s cash economy, U.S. workers losing their jobs, and burdens on small businesses. As federal policymakers consider making E-Verify mandatory for every employer in the country, they should heed the warning of Arizona’s experience.

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