Arizona-style bill OK'd in 3-1 vote

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COLUMBIA --- A new exemption to the Freedom of Information Act and greater accountability for subcontractors were part of an Arizona-style illegal-immigration bill that an S.C. Senate subcommittee approved Thursday.

The bill, S. 20, does not include part of the legally problematic Arizona proposal to allow authorities to jail a suspect while determining immigration status. However, the South Carolina bill does allow law enforcement to check the legal status of someone who has been stopped for a non-immigration offense, if the officer suspects the individual is in the country illegally.

In a 3-1 vote, lone Democrat Sen. Robert Ford, of Charleston, voted against the bill. He cited the potential for profiling Hispanics, added burdens placed on law enforcement and the absence of appropriate legal representation for detainees.

He also argued the bill would hinder agricultural activities, which he said rely on a labor pool that is hard to fill with resident South Carolinians.

The bill, which heads to the full Judiciary Committee for consideration next week, contains a host of other elements, including:

A CLEAN SLATE: An employer can have its name removed from the state Web site's list of offenders if it has had no other citations after an initial, minor violation of the 2008 law that requires them to verify the status of employees. The 2-year-old law targeting employers became fully effective in July of last year.

PROTECTION FROM RETALIATION: The identity of someone who makes a complaint against an employer for employing illegal immigrants would be exempt from disclosure under FOIA.

MOVING PRISONERS: Jail staff may take an illegal-immigrant prisoner to a federal facility before the inmate's full term has been served.

LOOPHOLE CLOSED: Subcontractors and sub-subcontractors at a work site must provide written confirmation that they have complied with the state law, along with their contact information. The requirement would be in addition to compliance with the 2008 law.

Thursday's subcommittee meeting follows a handful of meetings held across the state in recent months to gather community comments on how to address illegal immigration.

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usapatriot
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usapatriot 01/07/11 - 01:56 am
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thank you to my home state

thank you to my home state for stepping up where the Obama govt will not. under the table illegal immigrant workers affect all of us.

besides, at least 1-2 times a week here in Edgefield County, an illegal is apprehended for speeding/DUI/no license/no insurance. wait til that illegal kills somone driving like that. brown stuff will hit the fan.

unless we start to take care of the problem now.

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deportem 01/07/11 - 06:43 am
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USA, a North Carolina driver

USA, a North Carolina driver was killed by an Illegal Alien in Aiken Co. over a year ago. The Illegal Alien was involved in a hit an run, and is believed to have fled to Mexico.
In Aiken Co., Illegals are regularly arrested for DUIs/no SC license/no insurance. Check out the bookings in the Aiken (Sub)Standard. Thumbs up to the 3 members of the committee, and a big "BOO" to Robert Ford of Charleston. You Sir, are no friend of the American people, let alone the citizens of South Carolina!!

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bettyboop 01/07/11 - 09:12 am
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Glad to see it!!

Glad to see it!!

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badboytoys 01/07/11 - 09:18 am
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won't change

won't change

GuesS_wHU
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GuesS_wHU 01/07/11 - 10:31 am
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Govt lawyers are likely

Govt lawyers are likely descending on SC at this very moment

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Brittanicus 01/07/11 - 02:35 pm
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UNTIL AMERICANS ACT, THE
Unpublished

UNTIL AMERICANS ACT, THE INVASION OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS WILL NEVER CEASE.

Saving America from the illegal immigration occupation, you have to act now? You, as a citizen taxpayer have got to decide your children's future and your grand children's? If you want to end the silent amnesties, the Dream Acts, the instant citizenship for babies of illegal aliens and the chain migration that ultimately follows, you must show what side of the financial aisle you are on? Everybody who is adamantly opposed to the illegal immigration invasion and the hundreds of billions of dollars that is taken annually from your payroll check must become more vocal. To eradicate the support every entitlement program, the free emergency hospital care and the unethical use of your money to school hundreds of thousands of illegal alien children that is overcrowding our schools nationwide. Demand from your Senators and Representatives to do their jobs, they are being paid to do? Insist your elected officials promoting the interests of every citizen and legal resident in our nation and not the 20 million plus of intruders.

Contact the Washington switchboard at 202-224-3121, to be connected with the lawmaker who is supposedly representing your rights. ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION WILL NEVER STOP, UNLESS YOU SPEAK UP? IT WILL CONTINUE UNTIL THE REAL DOUBLE WALL IS BUILT, AS ELECTRIFIED FENCING, UNTIL SUBSTANTIAL FEDERAL TROOPS ARE STATIONED ALONG THE BORDER, UNTIL ENOUGH MANPOWER IS ALLOCATED TO VERIFY THAT VISA OVER STAYERS HAVE GONE HOME, UNTIL ILLEGAL ENTRY IS MADE A FELONY, UNTIL THE E-VERIFY SYSTEM OF VERIFYING WHO CAN WORK IS MADE PERMANENT & BUSINESSES THAT ADAMANTLY IGNORE THIS LAW ARE HEAVILY FINED, LOSE BUSINESS ASSETS AND ARE IMPRISONED.

The Occupation by foreigners will never stop and the costs to subsidize the illegal newcomers will skyrocket to unheard of amounts of your extorted taxes.

To learn more about the invasion, costs and all the paramount problems associated with this nemesis, Go online to Google or other search application to understand the predicament that faces every taxpaying American. Don't listen to the lies and propaganda from the ACLU (American Communist Lawyers Union), governors, Mayors or elected officers, left wing press, religious zealots, corporate entities or any radical group. Many of these people are suffocating this country, with this Liberal extremism “Political Correctness” nonsense? Until we put a halt to public entitlement and jobs to foreign nations, the hordes will always keep coming. DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH AND THEN JUDGE FOR YOURSELF? Join a growing organization that is against your tax dollars pandering to illegal immigration, lowering the numbers of legal immigrants to reduce overpopulation at NumbersUSA.The learn about corruption in Washington and state capitols by viewing the JudicialWatch website.

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