South Carolina lawmakers looking into changing immigration law

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina officials are advising lawmakers to change the state's anti-illegal immigration law to put it in line with last week's U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

The Senate could take up the proposed changes later Wednesday as part of a bill that requires officers to check suspects' immigration status.

The amendments would tweak South Carolina's 2008 law that put the onus on businesses to check their employees' immigration status. The state's labor director and attorney general say the changes would ensure state law would be deemed constitutional.

The proposal would do away with the current system of fines for not checking workers. The state would instead punish businesses that continue to break the law after warnings by revoking their operating business licenses and filings.

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