The Arizona Senate passed two major immigration reform bills Monday. Lucky for Arizona residents, Democratic Senators also attached major sanctions against businesses who employ illegal aliens. The business lobby wasn't happy. I can understand the business' point of view that equal opportunity and the limitations they face in questioning someone's legality, however they need to get behind a plan to institute a method for doing this rather than whining or making excuses for exploiting cheap labor.
The Senate approved a proposal (HB2030) to prohibit illegal immigrants from attending adult education classes, receiving child care assistance and having in-state tuition status at public universities.
Senators also passed a bill (HB2592) to bar local governments from putting taxpayer money into day labor centers that assist in finding work for illegal immigrants. Both measures won approval in 16-12 votes.
One sanction would suspend the business licenses of first-time violators for six months. Other sanctions include revoking tax benefits and requiring audits for businesses that get caught hiring illegal immigrants. Violators would no longer be eligible for state contracts, and their infractions would be posted on a state Web site.
Sounds good to me. However these bills still need to make it through the State House. We'll see if they do.