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Summerville OKs immigration measure

Oct 14, 2010 9:47:00 AM - thestate.com
A South Carolina town has approved an ordinance to require businesses to determine the immigration status of employees.

Multiple media outlets reported that Summerville Town Council voted 5-1 Wednesday to approve the law. Businesses could lose their license or face fines for violations.

The original ordinance would also have required landlords to determine the citizenship of those seeking to rent homes in the town. That provision was dropped last month.

Dorchester County has had the same requirements for businesses for three years and no company has been penalized.

Councilman Aaron Brown voted no and said there was no need for a town ordinance. But some council members said the town needed to take a stand because the federal government has not done so.