Voters passed the controversial E-Verify ordinance Tuesday night, but it could face challenges in courtroom.
The ordinance will require
businesses to use a federal system to check a person's eligibility to work in
Although voters okayed the issue,
Several of us lived in cities where there were large populations of illegal aliens," says Jerry Wilson, spokesperson for the Ozarks Minutemen, the group that sponsored the measure.
The E-Verify ordinance is on a path to more from idea into law.
"And we've seen what happens
when those populations grow and unscrupulous employers are allowed to hire
illegal aliens unchecked," said
"I would be shocked if there weren't [legal challenges]," says Springfield City Attorney Dan Wichmer. "Every city that's passed it has been challenged."
As the city figures out how it will put the new law into place, it also faces lingering concerns that it brings the city into the courtroom.
"Quite honestly, I have concerns," says Wichmer. On Wednesday, he highlighted some of the possible ideas. "Federal law -- immigration law -- says that you cannot levee a civil or criminal fine. The bill calls for fines."
"If there are any legal challenges to this, we hope that those challenges will be legitimate," he says. "We don't think we're going to see anyone be injured by this ordinance. We think there's the possibility of malicious lawsuits. We hope that doesn't happen."
Meanwhile, it's now the city's job to defend the ordinance should it end up in court.