Many people know of the harsh immigration laws implemented by Arizona, but many people do not know that similar laws that were put in place by Alabama as well and now South Carolina is proposing something similar to them. The bill has passed and unless the Supreme Court challenges it, the law will go into effect on January 1st.
I would not agree with the bill.” This is the stance many people have, as they see the bill imposing laws that could harm immigrants.
Although similar to the Arizona laws, there are minor differences. The things that are under challenge from President Obama’s administration include:
- Requiring police to determine the immigration status of anyone lawfully stopped if there is reason to question the immigration status of the person.
- Allowing residents of South Carolina to sue any local government that does not enforce the immigration law.
- Adding a crime that would make it illegal to conceal someone’s immigration status or to knowingly house an illegal immigrant.
If pulled over and the person has their immigration status questioned, they must prove that they are a U.S. citizen, or else they faced being detained. If still unable to prove their citizenship, they face deportation to whichever country they hold citizenship in.
Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Indiana, South Carolina, and Utah have already passed this law, however none are as strict as the ones proposed by South Carolina, and already in place by Alabama and Arizona.
South Carolina is not the only state under fire for bills like this, though. Alabama has already been challenged by the Supreme Court, and they have not made their mind up about Arizona, but it is still possible that they may challenge the new law.
Although in theory, this law should affect only illegal immigrants, the law may extend over to all immigrants if certain police start profiling certain ethnicities. If practiced correctly, the bill would make sense, but the fear has many people fighting the bill.