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Business owners raise immigration policy concerns

Thursday, August 16, 2012   (1 Comments)
Posted by: Rhette Baughman
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Thousands of young illegal immigrants took the first step towards legal status and obtaining a work permit under a new immigration program President Obama announced in June.

However, the program which is intended to stop deporting illegal immigrants brought to the U.S. as children, has raised some concerns in the Valley's business community.

Rick Murray is CEO of the Arizona Small Business Association.

He told CBS5 it is unclear how business owners will be able to confirm the work status of all the new applicants entering the workforce.

E-Verify"I think that's the biggest concern, if it's not in the e-verify system," said Murray. "How can an employee be sure that this person is legal to work? There has to be some process so that the employers are communicated with by the Immigration Service."

Federal officials have indicated that all illegal immigrants who qualify for the program will be provided a work permit, which they can show to employers when they apply for a job.

Nancy-Jo Merritt is an immigration attorney in Phoenix.

She said another problem that could come up with the new immigration program involves illegal immigrants who have been working illegally, but now decide to come out of the shadows.

"The employer may be very fond of that employee, but if the employer has rules and if they lied on their application or been untruthful about their ability to work, normally when they found that out you would be terminated," said Merritt.

Each new application could take two to three months, so it could be a while before the new applicants can start legally applying for a job.

Eventually, the applicants will be worked into the e-verify system to make things easier for business owners.

By: Jason Barry for CBS5
Source: CBS5

Copyright 2012 CBS 5. (Meredith Corporation) All rights reserved.


Andrew Shackelford, Law Office of Andrew W. Shackelford, PLLC says...
Posted Thursday, August 16, 2012
Those who are granted deferred action will be eligible to recieve an EAD Card. The EAD Card can be used to apply for a Social Security number and complete Form I-9. As such, DREAMers who hold the EAD are work-authorized for the validity of the card. Because these aspiring American citizens will have work authorization their employment elibility can be verified in E-Verify as is the case with ever other work authorized individual in the U.S. Rick Murray needs to consult with an immigration attorney, such as myself, who can advise him correct.

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