In November, remember to vote NO on the Initiative titled "Stop Illegal Hiring." Contrary to its dishonest title, this Initiaitve would destroy the Employer Sanctions Laws passed by the legislature during the last two years.
These laws have been critical to helping Arizona try and stop the incentive for employer hiring of illegal aliens. Now that employers know there will be REAL consequences if they knowingly hire illegal aliens in Arizona, employers that have purposefully broken the law in the past are faced with the choices of following the law or going out of business. If businesses must cheat in order to get ahead, then they should not be in business in the first place.
The following talks about the Initiative which is being sponsored by many of the businesses that have hired the most illegal alien labor in the past:
Arizona SIHA Initiative
The Stop Illegal Hiring Act ("SIHA") ballot initiative has been certified by the Arizona Secretary of State. Drafters allege that the SIHA initiative, as its name suggests, would enhance the current Arizona Employer Sanctions Law. However, the title is misleading. The initiative, rather than enhancing, effectively guts the pioneering enforcement mechanisms in
By making E-Verify use optional, SIHA would strip the Employer Sanctions law of any practical incentive to comply with employer sanctions laws. Prevention of illegal employment is the most effective means of deterring illegal immigration. The SIHA initiative will, if successful, remove the requirement for enrollment in the E-verify program; permit an employer's compliance with the I-9 paperwork process to serve as a non-rebuttable presumption that they have not violated the law; and, thus, limit the statute's effectiveness to employers and employees located in
Allowing compliance with the I-9 process to serve as a "non-rebuttable presumption of innocence" will make it much harder to sanction a covered