SC senate passes bill calling for stricter immigration rules

By: Tom Campbell Email
By: Tom Campbell Email

February 14, 2008

COLUMBIA, S.C.---The South Carolina Senate has approved a bill requiring public and private employers to check whether their employees are illegal immigrants.

Some Senators complained it gives private employers a large loophole.

The bill allows use of a Federal employment eligibility form for private businesses. Opponents say that's at the root of the problem because Federal law forbids any verification of the documents.

The House will now debate the Senate version. Earlier, the House passed a version that requires only businesses with public contracts to check for illegal immigrants.

The Senate is also looking at a bill that would limit payday loans to $500 at a time. It would also require payday lenders to check a database of borrowers before making any loan.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

Keep it clean, keep it civil, keep it truthful, stay on topic, be responsible, share your knowledge, and please suggest removal of comments that violate these standards.

powered by Disqus
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1212 Augusta, GA 30903 Main Telephone: (803) 278-1212 Newsroom: (803) 278-3111 Fax: (803) 442-4561
Copyright © 2002-2016 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 15669342 -
Gray Television, Inc.