South Carolina Gives Up Trying to Enforce Anti-Immigrant Law

South Carolina was a hotbed of anti-immigrant radicalism during the last five years.
South Carolina was a hotbed of anti-immigrant radicalism during the last five years.

South Carolina has become the latest state to abandon an unconstitutional law targeting immigrants. These laws were all drafted by the legal darling of the anti-immigrant crowd, Kris Kobach, and they have all been overturned in Federal Court. Here is the report from South Carolina’s leading newspaper:

The state of South Carolina reached a tentative agreement Monday that bans police from holding motorists while checking to see if they are in the country illegally.

Officers still can ask motorists stopped on other potential violations for documents to prove their citizenship, as provided for under the state’s 2011 law. But they will not be able to detain those motorists while checking their immigration status.

Not being able to detain those motorists while police check immigration records with federal authorities “defangs” the law, said Karen Tumlin, managing attorney at the Los Angeles-based National Immigration Law Center.

“It’s unconstitutional and bad policy, and the state realized it’s more of a headache than its worth,” said Tumlin…

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Patrick Young blogs daily for Long Island Wins. He is the Downstate Advocacy Director of the New York Immigration Coalition and Special Professor of Immigration Law at Hofstra School of Law. He served as the Director of Legal Services and Program at Central American Refugee Center (CARECEN) for three decades before retiring in 2019. Pat is also a student of immigration history and the author of The Immigrants' Civil War.

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