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Judge blocks Springfield's E-Verify law about employee immigration checks

Friday, May 11, 2012 | 7:22 a.m. CDT; updated 9:15 a.m. CDT, Friday, May 11, 2012

SPRINGFIELD — A federal judge has blocked the city of Springfield from enforcing a voter-approved law requiring businesses to check employees' immigration status using the federal E-Verify system.

The Springfield News-Leader reported that U.S. District Judge Richard Dorr issued a preliminary injunction Thursday on the so-called E-Verify ordinance.

The ruling came one day after three companies and a Springfield businessman filed suit alleging the ordinance is unconstitutional and a violation of state and federal laws.

The ordinance was drafted by the Ozarks Minutemen and passed by voters in February. Several Springfield officials had said they were hoping for a court challenge because of questions about its legality and how to enforce it.

Dorr said he was granting the preliminary injunction because the plaintiffs would probably succeed on the merits of their complaint.


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