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On Tuesday, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) introduced a bill (HR 2164) to require nationwide use of the E-Verify system, which checks a job applicant’s citizenship and immigration status, via the Internet, to see if he or she is eligible to work.
New bill hobbles border states
By KRIS W. KOBACH, June 16, 2011
The timing couldn’t be worse. The bill stabs Arizona in the back, just after it won a victory in the US Supreme Court in Chamber of Commerce v. Whiting on May 26. The court upheld the 2007 Legal Arizona Workers Act, which lets the state suspend the business licenses of employers who knowingly hire unauthorized aliens and requires employers to use E-Verify.
Now, the Smith bill threatens to tie the states’ hands in addressing the problem.
But now, the Smith bill threatens to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. The Arizona law — along with every other state law on the subject — would be preempted under the bill.