SC Legislature Prepares Ariz.-Style Immigration Law

Monday, 23 May 2011 01:42 PM

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South Carolina’s Republican-controlled Legislature is expected to send Gov. Nikki Haley an Arizona-style anti-illegal immigration bill in the coming weeks. That has local law officials getting ready for enforcing immigration laws, The Post and Courier in Charleston, S.C., reported Monday.

Roan Garcia-Quintana has been advocating for the state to do more to protect citizens from illegal immigrants who commit violent crimes.

"South Carolina has been overrun by illegals," he said at a recent legislative hearing. "The question I ask to all of you is, 'What do you want South Carolina to be like?' We already have our own criminals. We don't need to import criminals."

A provision of a proposed immigration law would allow local or state officers to check a person's immigration status during a traffic stop or arrest if the officer suspects that the person is in the country illegally. The bill also allows for residents to sue their local government if the county or municipality fails to enforce the law, an attempt to block so-called sanctuary cities. The bill also would make it a felony to provide fake ID cards to illegal immigrants.

Charleston County Sheriff Al Cannon said the state's success in enforcing immigration laws hinges on the cooperation the state gets from the federal Homeland Security Department. The issue represents "the greatest failure of Washington that you can point to,” he said.





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