SC senate passes bill calling for stricter immigration rules

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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.

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