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Hire Scrutiny

Arizona gets tougher on employing illegals

Danette Miller, co-owner of Miller Wholesale Lumber in Tempe, Ariz., has worked diligently for the past 15 years to make sure her 24 employees are eligible to work in the U.S. She oversees hiring for the $30 million company, which supplies lumber to many of the state's builders and contractors.

But Miller now worries that her efforts may not go far enough. On Jan. 1, Arizona began enforcing one of the most draconian of hundreds of state and community laws that deal with undocumented workers. The Legal Arizona Workers Act may permanently revoke the business licenses of companies that have repeatedly hired illegal workers.