The State of Arizona has one of the toughest laws against employers who hire undocumented workers, but a recent poll shows that the law has had little impact on small businesses in the state. Three-quarters of the respondents said Arizona's employers sanctions law -- which imposes tough penalties on employers who knowingly hire illegal aliens -- has had little effect on their businesses.
The poll's results prove a very significant point.
"This survey proves what we have long contended that most business owners are law-abiding, patriotic people who have no interest in using illegal immigration for greedy purposes while harming their communities," NumbersUSA President Roy Beck said. "The Chamber of Commerce, unfortunately, continues to lobby for the small minority of businesses that are scoundrels and demand their cheap foreign labor."
The Public Opinion Research poll found that only 10 percent of Arizona business owners found the illegal immigration issue critical to their business. Another 14 percent said that immigration issues are very important, while 56 percent said that it was not important.
The law went into effect on Jan. 1 and requires all employers to run new employees through E-Verify, the federal government's on-line system that checks whether applicants are eligible to work in the country. It imposes strict penalties on businesses that hire undocumented workers, including up to a 10-day suspension of their business license.
About 200 of Arizona's 3,000 small businesses participated in the poll.
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Updated: Wed, Nov 19th 2008 @ 3:08pm EST