Immigration Enforcement

Add South Carolina to list of tough new illegal immigration enforcement

By Yvonne Wenger (Contact)
The Post and Courier
Thursday, June 5, 2008

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COLUMBIA — South Carolina became the fifth state in the nation to pass broad illegal immigration reform with the stroke of Gov. Mark Sanford’s pen Wednesday.

The new law — the hallmark of this legislative session — is being touted as the toughest in the United States. Legislators said they studied the laws and lessons from Arizona, Colorado, Georgia and Oklahoma, and incorporated what worked, improved what didn’t and added a number of new provisions.

“This puts South Carolina in the forefront of where all states are on immigration reform,” said Sanford, who was joined by about 20 legislators for the bill signing.

The new law took effect Wednesday, although portions, primarily employment verification standards, will be phased in over the coming months.

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