Several Groups Back Suit Against Oklahoma Immigration Law

Oklahoma City, OK – Twenty-eight different business, labor and civil rights groups have filed briefs in support of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's legal fight against Oklahoma's tough illegal immigration law.

The chamber questions the validity of a requirement that businesses use a voluntary federal worker verification system. The lawsuit is currently before the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver.

A spokesman for the chamber, in a statement yesterday from Washington, D.C., said diverse groups agree that states should not set national immigration policy.

Chamber officials argue the law imposes tax penalties on any employer who fails to use the ``E-Verify'' pilot program, and sets up employers for discrimination lawsuits.

The American Civil Liberties Union and the Change to Win labor coalition are among those groups backing the lawsuit.