Suburban Carpentersville is considering an immigration ordinance that would allow the local government to revoke the business license of any employer hiring undocumented workers. Further, Carpentersville has sent its police force to Immigration and Customs Enforcement training so they can have deportation powers.
Critics of the ordinance fear it will scare businesses away from the community. Others maintain the debate has focused exclusively on Latino immigrants without acknowledging that many undocumented workers also come from Asia, Eastern Europe and other parts of the world. The village board of trustees has only debated the bill, but not brought it to a vote.
Note: Look for more action on immigration enforcement at the state level now that Congress has declined to pursue new federal legislation. Arizona in early July passed a bill similar to the one Carpentersville is considering. Local ordinances may create small problems for employers, but usually they are more symbolic than real. State bills, on the other hand, could cause problems for employers that don’t document their employees’ eligibility to work. Protect yourself by thoroughly completing and maintaining up-to-date I-9 forms.