Thursday, December 22, 2011
The first section enjoined makes it a felony to transport or conceal a person "with intent to further that person's unlawful entry into the United States" or to help that person avoid apprehension.
A second section makes it unlawful for an adult to "fail to carry" an "alien registration card."
The final section enjoined would have allowed local law enforcement with "reasonable suspicion" to detain any person the officers believe is in the United States illegally. A similar provision was enjoined by the the Ninth Circuit in United States v. Arizona, which is currently before the U.S. Supreme Court. However, in a ruling being appealed to the Eleventh Circuit, a district court declined to enjoin a similar provision in the Alabama immigration law.
The ACLU and a coalition of civil rights groups filed the challenge to the South Carolina law.