South Carolina lawmakers approved Arizona-style immigration legislation

On June 21, 2011, South Carolina's House of Representatives voted to enact SB 20, a bill that allows police officers to confirm a suspect's immigration status and requires employers to participate in an state-wide employment registry. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and other civil rights advocacy groups responded by challenging the constitutionality of SB 20 on Supremacy Clause, Fourth Amendment and Fourteenth Amendment grounds. South Carolina was one of several states to enact similar legislation shortly after the passage of Arizona's controversial SB 1070.



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