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Immigration skirmish brews in quiet SC town

Jul 30, 2010 5:22:00 AM - thestate.com
In a quiet Southern bedroom community of gardens and parks across the country from Arizona, another skirmish in the battle over illegal immigration is brewing.

Summerville Councilman Walter Bailey, worried there is a void in immigration laws, has proposed an ordinance that goes farther than state law, which was sharpened two years ago to allow police to identify illegal immigrants for deportation.

The proposal would prevent illegal immigrants from living in the town of 45,000, which calls itself "Flower Town in the Pines," and in most cases prevent them from working here.

Bailey, a former state prosecutor, says it was prompted in part by the Obama administration's challenge of the new Arizona law that was to have taken effect this week.

"It was outrageous that when, by default, the state of Arizona has to go in there and do the job the federal government ought to be doing - instead of showing appreciation and support in Arizona, the federal government sues," Bailey said.

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