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Civil rights groups to challenge immigration bill

Jun 22, 2011 12:46:00 PM - thestate.com
Two national civil rights groups have vowed to sue South Carolina if Gov. Nikki Haley signs the latest immigration bill into law.

The ACLU issued a statement saying a coalition of civil rights groups will challenge the law passed Tuesday by the S.C. legislature. The group called the bill "draconian" and said it will encourage racial profiling, violate First Amendment rights and interfere with federal law.

Haley has said she will sign the bill. However, the governor is on an economic recruiting trip to the Paris Air Show so it is unknown when she intends to sign it.

The bill creates a statewide immigration police task force that would be managed by the S.C. Department of Public Safety. That unit is on tap to receive $1.3 million in the latest draft of the state budget. The bill also would require all law enforcement officers to check the immigration status of anyone who is detained and suspected of being an illegal immigrant.

The bill also requires all S.C. businesses to verify an employee's immigration status through a federal electronic database known as E-verify.

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