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Past · March 18, 2011

Migration Policy Institute Event-Lessons from the 2007 Legal Arizona Workers Act

March 18, 2011 · 9:00 am


Date: March 18, 2011
9:00-10:30 a.m. EST (6:00 a.m. PST)
Migration Policy Institute
1400 16th Street, NW
Suite 300
    Washington, DC 20036
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.
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.
Please join us for a discussion with the report’s authors, Magnus Lofstrom and Sarah Bohn, on their findings and analysis of the legislation’s short and long-term effectiveness and on policy lessons from the research. 

Sarah Bohn, Research Fellow, PPIC
Magnus Lofstrom, Research Fellow, PPIC
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
*LIVE WEBCAST* via the Migration Policy Institute website


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