9th Circ. Upholds Contentious Ariz. E-Verify Law

Law360, New York (September 18, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A federal appeals court has upheld a controversial Arizona statute that punishes businesses that knowingly hire undocumented workers and mandates the use of the U.S. government's E-Verify system, saying the legislation was not preempted by federal immigration laws.

Handing down its precedential opinion Wednesday, the Ninth Circuit said the state law, which was enacted in July 2007 but has yet to be enforced against any employer, reflected “rising frustration with the U.S. Congress's failure to enact comprehensive immigration reform.”

The court noted, however, that its decision...
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