Illegal immigration is sure to be debated by the 2013 Legislature, which includes many new members who share Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s zeal to pass an Arizona-style crackdown. But the Kansas Chamber of Commerce is bringing anti-tax activist Grover Norquist to address legislators Jan. 16 to warn against passing what chamber CEO Mike O’Neal calls “harmful, anti-business legislation.” Kansas lawmakers also should note Arizona’s five-year experience with its mandate that employers check the citizenship status of applicants by using the E-Verify database. Only 43 percent of businesses are doing so, and there is little enforcement. Mitt Romney had called Arizona’s E-Verify law a model for the nation. An attorney for Arizona businesses told the Yuma Sun that E-Verify has “a lot of deficiencies” and invites identity theft, saying about half of undocumented applicants can find ways around it.
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