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Monday, August 01, 2011

Supreme Court Okays Arizona's E-Verify

E-Verify, a computer process that makes it fast and easy for employers to check the validity of employees' Social Security numbers to ascertain if they are legally in the U.S., was created by Congress as a voluntary system. This process verifies individuals within a few seconds with 99% accuracy. However, only about 2% of businesses actually use it. Arizona in 2007 passed the Legal Arizona Workers Act to require businesses to use E-Verify in hiring new workers, and to allow the state to revoke the business license of any company that knowingly employ illegal aliens. The Arizona law immediately proved helpful. Since the law went into effect, 80,000 illegal aliens have voluntarily left that state. Then the pro-amnesty crowd in the United States tried hard to get supremacist judges to declare this law unconstitutional.

However, this summer, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Arizona law in a case called Chamber of Commerce v. Whiting. The Court rejected the argument that immigration enforcement is exclusively the federal government's responsibility. A similar case from Hazleton, Pennsylvania was sent by the Supreme Court back to the Third Circuit to be reconsidered in light of the Arizona decision. Hazleton's law to protect itself against employers hiring illegal aliens was so popular with voters that they reelected its sponsor, Mayor Lou Barletta, and then elected him to Congress in 2010.

The pro-amnesty U.S. Chamber of Commerce then conspired with some powerful Members of Congress to introduce a bill to reverse Arizona's significant Supreme Court victory. This bill sounds helpful because it pretends to make E-Verify mandatory nationwide, but it actually would tie the hands of the states. Tomorrow, I'll tell you exactly what's wrong with this bill designed to overturn the Supreme Court decision.

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Further Reading: Amnesty/Guest Worker

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