Immigration reform bill moves to SC House

By: Tom Campbell Email
By: Tom Campbell Email

January 17, 2008

COLUMBIA, S.C.---A South Carolina House committee has approved a vote on legislation to clamp down on illegal immigrants.

The bill would require employers who do business with state and local
governments to check the legal status of their workers.

Another part would require government agencies to verify the status of anyone over 18 seeking public assistance.

The proposal would also create a felony for harboring or transporting
illegal immigrants.

The Senate passed the bill last year. Now the proposal is in the
House judiciary committee. A House version of the bill also prohibits
illegal immigrants from attending public colleges on in-state tuition rates and also bars them from getting state scholarships, such as lottery-funded scholarships.

Governor Mark Sanford is backing the Senate version because it allows local governments to pass their own immigration laws.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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