From the office of state Rep. Joe Carr (R-Lascassas):
On Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Arizona’s use of the federal E-Verify program is constitutional.
The State created the law back in 2007. It allows Arizona to suspend the licenses of businesses that "intentionally or knowingly" violate work-eligibility verification requirements. Companies would be required under that law to use E-Verify, a federal database to check the documentation of current and prospective employees.
Last week, Tennessee passed similar legislation that mandates all companies in Tennessee to use the E-Verify program or check drivers’ licenses of potential employees.
After learning of the decision, Representative Joe Carr (R—Lascassas) released the following statement:
“I am extremely encouraged by today’s Supreme Court ruling. The E-Verify program is an efficient way for businesses and government to partner up and verify the eligibility of every worker.
“The nation is waking up to the fact the federal government has fallen down on the job when it comes to border security. Today’s decision paves the way for States to move forward with a simple solution that will help ensure the integrity of our nation’s workforce.”
The case is Chamber of Commerce v. Whiting (09-115).