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AZ Immigration Law Heading to Supreme Court - (No, Not That One...)

September 9, 2010

Phoenix - A controversial state immigration law is set to go before the U.S. Supreme Court this fall - but it's not SB 1070, the law that garnered so much media attention this summer. The Legal Arizona Workers Act, which requires all employers to use the government's electronic E-Verify system to confirm the status of employees, is expected to come before the high court soon.

Marc Rosenblum, senior policy analyst for the Migration Policy Institute, says most Arizona employers still aren't using the system, even though the law passed in 2007.

"For small businesses that don't have that technology in place and that don't necessarily have a human resources department, the training to use the system can be a pretty significant cost."

Rosenblum says another problem for businesses is that E-Verify can slow down the hiring process.

"If you get a worker you want to hire and they get tentatively non-confirmed, it can take several days or even a couple of weeks to get it sorted out. They're required to employ the person during that period, but many businesses are reluctant to go ahead and complete training and things like that until they know the person has been verified."

Many Arizona businesses probably are hiring legal workers, he says, but for most, E-Verify is just too inconvenient to use - and the state has yet to enforce the law that requires it.

Opponents of the system say businesses are also reluctant to use it because it has often been shown to falsely confirm or deny the employment status of a worker. At issue in the Supreme Court case is the conflict between the state law and a federal ruling that says E-Verify is specifically a voluntary system. A lower court ruled that federal law did not preempt Arizona's right to require employers to use the system. The case is Chamber of Commerce v. Candelaria.

Eric Mack, Public News Service - AZ