Haley OKs S.C. immigration
By REID J. EPSTEIN | 6/27/11 5:16 PM EDT Updated: 6/27/11 6:33 PM EDT
Saying “illegal immigration is not welcome in South Carolina,” Gov. Nikki Haley on Monday signed a tough new crackdown bill that sets up a special $1.3 million law enforcement unit to root out those who are here without papers.
The Palmetto State is the latest to create strict guidelines for illegal immigrants and will require police to check the immigration status of anyone they stop and suspect may be in the country illegally, Reuters reported.
The law, like new immigration measures recently passed in Georgia, Alabama, Arizona and other states, requires employers to use the federal E-Verify system to check employees’ and job applicants’ citizenship status.
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