MPI Conference Room 1400 16th Street, NW
Suite 300 (Third Floor) Washington, DC 20036
Sarah Bohn, Research Fellow, Public Policy Institute of California
Magnus Lofstrom, Research Fellow, Public Policy Institute of California
Bruce A. Morrison, Former US Congressman from Connecticut (1983-1991) and Chair of the Immigration Subcommittee; and former member of the US Commission on Immigration Reform
Marc Rosenblum, Senior Policy Analyst, MPI
In response to growing political pressure and a lack of action at the federal level, states increasingly are taking steps to combat illegal immigration. One of the most comprehensive and restrictive of these efforts is Arizona’s 2007 Legal Arizona Workers Act (LAWA), which attempts to reduce unauthorized workers by mandating the use of E-Verify, a national identity and work authorization verification system, and by imposing sanctions on employers who continue to hire unauthorized workers. While these state-level sanctions have drawn significant attention and controversy, there is very little research on their effectiveness or the labor market impact of E-Verify mandates.
Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) research fellows Magnus Lofstrom and Sarah Bohn, and UC Berkeley professor of public policy Steven Raphael are issuing a new report that examines whether LAWA achieved its primary aims: reducing the unauthorized population, deterring their employment opportunities and improving employment outcomes of competing authorized workers. Their analysis also investigates whether Arizona’s legislation induced a shift away from formal employment.
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