SC Legislature Takes Step Toward Immigration Screening - DatelineCarolina

SC Legislature Takes Step Toward Immigration Screening

by: Ben Dimond

     South Carolina's legislature has reached a tentative agreement on a bill that would require businesses to check all employees against a federal database to screen out illegal workers.

     The bill discussed in committee wednesday would also prevent illegal immigratns from attending state schools, and allow SLED to enforce federal immigration laws. The bill could still be altered in committee or vetoed by the governor.

     The bill would affect businesses with state contracts valued at $25,000 or more and local contracts valued at $15,000 or more. Businesses would be required to check all of their employees one of three ways: through E-verify, a database set up by the Department of Homeland Security, through I-9 Employment Eligibility Forms, or by having a valid SC driver's liscense.

     Sen Jim Ritchie (R-Spartanburg) says he intends to send the bill to Governor Sanford within the next ten days.

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