Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Governor Haley OKs S.C. Immigration Cops

Saying “illegal immigration is not welcome in South Carolina,” Gov. Nikki Haley on Monday signed a tough new crackdown bill that sets up a special $1.3 million law enforcement unit to root out those who are here without papers.

The Palmetto State is the latest to create strict guidelines for illegal immigrants and will require police to check the immigration status of anyone they stop and suspect may be in the country illegally,

The law, like new immigration measures recently passed in Georgia, Alabama, Arizona and other states, requires employers to use the federal E-Verify system to check employees’ and job applicants’ citizenship status.

But the biggest difference between South Carolina and other states is the $1.3 million enforcement unit within the state’s public safety department. Reuters reported the unit will have 12 full-time officers with their own uniforms and vehicle decals.

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