Thursday, June 5, 2008
Yesterday, we reported on two state and local immigration laws that the courts refused to allow to go into effect. Still, they KEEP COMING! AP reports on South Carolina;s new immigration law:
"The following are highlights of the illegal immigration bill signed into law Wednesday. It will: - Require all businesses to verify that newly hired employees are in the country legally. Public contractors with at least 500 employees must begin verifying their new hires by January. All other businesses must follow by July 2010. - Create civil fines up to $1,000 per worker for failing to verify. - Require employers to temporarily shut down if an investigation finds they knowingly hired illegal immigrants. - Ban illegal immigrants over 18 from public assistance, with some exceptions such as emergency medical care. - Create a felony, punishable by up to five years in prison, for falsifying documents. - Make it a felony to transport or harbor illegal immigrants, though it provides exceptions for some charities, such as churches and soup kitchens. - Ban illegal immigrants from attending public colleges and bar them from winning state scholarships or grants. They would have to pay out-of-state tuition at private colleges. - Allow fired workers to sue their former employers if they're replaced by illegal workers within 60 days. - Bar gun sales to illegal immigrants."