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Arizona Federal Court Enjoins Maricopa County's Use of I-9 Forms in State Prosecutions (Law360)

March 30, 2017 (1 min read)

Kelcee Griffis, Law360, Mar. 29, 2017 - "An Arizona federal judge has permanently barred the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office from using documents submitted by employees solely for use in I-9 employment authorization checks to conduct criminal prosecutions for identity theft or forgery under two state laws. In an order Friday, U.S. District Judge David G. Campbell issued a permanent injunction blocking the office of Sheriff Paul Penzone — formerly the office of Joe Arpaio — from using documents intended only for use in the I-9 process to target individuals under state statutes meant to punish fraud in obtaining work. However, the narrowed injunction clarifies that the state may use those documents if they were also submitted elsewhere for other purposes. “Congress clearly and manifestly intended to prohibit the use of the Form I-9, documents attached to the Form I-9, and documents submitted as part of the I-9 employment verification process … for state law enforcement purposes,” the order said."