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Lessons from the 2007 Legal Arizona Workers Act


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AUTHORS
Magnus Lofstrom, Public Policy Institute of California
Steven Raphael, University of California, Berkeley
Sarah Bohn, Public Policy Institute of California

PUBLICATION DATE
2011

PUBLISHED IN
Public Policy Institute of California

ABSTRACT
Arizona’s unauthorized immigrant population shrank after employers were required to verify workers' legal status with the federal E-Verify system. The 2007 law also pushed a substantial number of unauthorized immigrants into self-employment. The study estimates that from 2008 to 2009 Arizona’s population of unauthorized immigrants of working age fell by about 17 percent, or about 92,000 people, as a result of the Legal Arizona Workers Act (LAWA).

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