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Racial profiling tied to new law said to be on rise in Arizona
The Associated Press
PHOENIX – Businesses that employ Hispanic workers say they’ve noticed an increase in racial profiling because of Arizona’s new employer-sanctions law.
Gov. Janet Napolitano signed the measure into law in July, and it goes into effect in January. The law prohibits Arizona’s more than 150,000 employers from knowingly hiring illegal immigrants, and it will require them to verify employee eligibility through a federal database.
Businesses say they’re already receiving complaints that they’re violating the law and that those complaints are made about employees who are Hispanic or speak Spanish.
“Just because you don’t speak English doesn’t mean you are illegal,” said Jason LeVecke, who owns 56 Carl’s Jr. and eight Pizza Patron restaurants in Arizona. “We’ve had people say things as ugly as, ‘We are going to deport you Mexicans’ and stuff like that.”