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Proposed law would suspend Arizona employers’ business licenses for failing to comply with E-Verify

March 2nd, 2011  |  Deborah Hammonds

Arizona continues in its efforts to reform immigration law with a proposal that will, among other things, penalize employers who fail to comply with E-Verify. Under Senate Bill 1611, employers could face the suspension of their business license if they fail to comply with E-Verify requirements. The bill would amend existing law to require Arizona’s state attorney general to provide a notice of noncompliance to any employer who does not provide proof that it is both registered with, and participating in, the E-verify program. If, within six months of receiving that notice, the employer remains noncompliant, the attorney general has the authority to suspend all licenses held by the employer at the employer’s primary place of business until the employer complies.

The bill would also make it unlawful for  individuals illegally in the United States to operate a motor vehicle in Arizona; and require verification of U.S. citizenship or qualified alien status in order to public housing, a vehicle title and registration, community college or university admission or any public benefit.

Introduced into the Arizona State Senate on February 21 by Senate President Russell Pearce, S.B. 1611 was assigned to the Appropriations Committee and had its second reading on February 22. Pearce, self-described as Arizona’s most outspoken advocate for stopping illegal immigration, is the main sponsor of the controversial Arizona law that allows law enforcement officers to demand proof of citizenship from individuals whom they believe are illegally present in the state.

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