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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  • by howard Location: cincinnati on Jan 18, 2008 at 06:38 AM
    That is a good direction to go South Carolina. States will have to take on the illegal immigration problem and then force the feds to do their job. It is the only way. The only other option is to become a third world refuge and that is unacceptable.
  • by Dave Location: Thomson, Ga on Jan 17, 2008 at 02:16 PM
    Kudos to the S.C. legislature on the immigration reform bill! Does GA have a similar bill on the books or in work to deny ILLEGALS emploment, benefits and such? I believe that LEGAL status immigrants are important to our economy and should be given rights to live life normally as long as laws are abided. If laws (felony) are broken, deport immediately to home country and refuse re-entry. Do not spend taxpayers money on boarding them in our already overcrowded prisons.
  • by Amanda Location: Raleigh, NC on Jan 17, 2008 at 01:50 PM
    Anna, Prostitutes and drug dealers are just trying to make money to support themselves and their families as well. Should we just allow that? Illegal immigrants are bleeding our public services dry, refuse to assimilate, and care nothing for the USA. Their agenda is to make money, get their children educated and go back to Mexico where our dollar goes a lot further. Why should we make Mexico wealthier at our expense? Complacency and apathy in this country are leading us fast into failure.
  • by Anna Location: North Augusta on Jan 17, 2008 at 10:45 AM
    I think that our country has gotten way out of sight of what we stand for. What happened to "One Nation under God", that says it all. All political officials should stop take a deep breath and ask themselves what would God do. Then all the rest is gravy. The immigrants have a right to want to better themselves and instead of making more red tape and force people to do things illegally. Grant them access in order for them to do right. Give the ones already here their visa's and don't make things more difficult. This world is bad enough already. Think about yourselves and what would you do if you were in these people's shoes with no options or sources available to you. Where our country has gone wrong is we think we know it all and try to do things by our standards and forget that the only standard that is of any importance is God. He would not be making such a big crisis about this and would focus on bringing our men and women back from a very stupidly caused war, and grant citizenship.
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