Come the New Year, a new business licensing law goes into effect in Arizona covering all 150,000 firms in the state that will make one worker in ten unemployed. Peter Alexander explained for NBC's In Depth: "Any business found hiring or employing an illegal immigrant could lose its license altogether." The problem is that the state's economy is growing fast and unemployment there is very low, yet within two weeks businesses will have to lay off the estimated 10% of the statewide labor force that has no working papers. "Businesses are already firing Hispanic immigrants, reconsidering expansion plans and even moving operations out of state." Alexander repeated the new slogan at the Arizona Chamber of Commerce: Help Wanted.
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