Arizona’s tough new Employer Sanctions law goes into effect Tuesday
The daily runs yet another doom and gloomer about the January 1, 2008 implementation of the Employer Sanctions law, telling readers that “many Arizona businesses are still unprepared.
”The looming question is, “Why?” There has been ample opportunity to be up to speed.
Although the staunchly pro-illegal alien newspaper stresses what it considers impediments to the new system, there is no getting around the fact that the law has survived two federal court challenges—making it impossible to avoid giving ink to the “other side.”
Sharon Rummery, a spokeswoman for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, said the program’s accuracy has improved. She said E-Verify is free and easy to use.
“To those employers who want to remain willfully blind to illegal hiring, E-Verify is an enemy, but to the taxpayers of Arizona who bear the economic costs of illegal immigrants, E-Verify is good,” said state Rep. John Kavanagh (R-Fountain Hills), one of the Legislature’s main supporters of the sanctions law.
State Rep. Russell Pearce, R-Mesa, author of the law, said it is a “myth” that illegal immigrants are needed to fill labor gaps in Arizona. Any gaps in Arizona’s labor force could easily be filled by legal workers from states with high unemployment rates or by unemployed Arizonans driven out of the workforce because of depressed wages created by illegal immigration.
And in Maricopa County, the state’s economic and population center, County Attorney Andrew Thomas and Sheriff Joe Arpaio, have said employers can expect vigorous enforcement of the law,