A statement was released that gives more insight about why they are filing the law suit against the city.
Stephanie Stenger-Montgomery from
Stenger Management, LLC, one of the business filing the lawsuit says, "The Plaintiffs are all
absolutely opposed to illegal workers taking job opportunities from American
Citizens. But this ordinance punishes
The City of
Springfield City Attorney Dan Wichmer says it's bound to happen with such a controversial ordinance.
"We were not surprised we got sued. I think what happened was the June 4th deadline was coming up and people said we're going to join it or comply with it"
Voters passed the petition in
February with a difference of about 221 votes. The E-Verify law requires
companies to employ only individuals who may legally work in the
It will impact every new
The city did expect opposition to the ordinance because of legal provisions related to fines that a business would have if they didn't comply with the ordinance.
The Ozarks Minutemen put the petition together.
Wichmer will be defending the ordinance for the city, but does acknowledge that parts of the ordinance are illegal.
"We would like an ordinance that's enforceable. We would like a process that makes sense and whether that comes from an amendment of the law or if the court struck it down and starts again, so be it, but right now you have a law that has issues," said Wichmer. He says it may take months for a resolution.