This information was last updated on June 10, 2008.
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Effective Date: January 1, 2008
Status: Signed into law on July 2, 2007
Impact: The new law establishes a safe harbor from sanctions for Arizona employers who participate in the US Department of Homeland Security's E-Verify program. All Arizona employers must participate in E-Verify after December 31, 2007.
An initial lawsuit was dismissed on procedural grounds and was re-filed. A federal district court judge dismissed the second lawsuit in February, rejecting claims that the law is pre-empted by federal law and that it denies employers procedural due process. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld the federal district court ruling and rejected arguments that the Arizona law infringes on the federal government's exclusive right to control immigration. The US Supreme Court also upheld the law.
Governor's Press Release
Federal judge denies injunction against Arizona immigration law
Appeals court upholds Arizona E-Verify law