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Austin debate: Penalize employers of illegal immigrants?

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Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has issued an opinion letter that says state lawmakers have the authority to enact legislation sanctioning employers that knowingly hire undocumented workers.

Abbott’s opinion came in response to queries about the constitutionality of the issue from state Rep. Frank Corte of San Antonio and state Sen. Dan Patrick of Houston. Pending legislation would suspend or revoke employers’ business licenses if they employed illegal workers.

The bills are H.B. 622, introduced by Rep. Patricia Harless, and S.B. 357, introduced by Patrick. They were modeled on similar legislation enacted in Arizona.

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