Stop and Chat: A New Law Affecting Immigration Status

South Carolina lawmakers are considering a bill that will attempt to further crack down on illegal immigration in our state. The Senate Judiciary Committee is set to consider a bill that will allow police to check the immigration status of someone suspected of being in the country illegally. These questions could come after a suspect is stopped for a number of other, unrelated reasons. Opponents of the proposed bill are calling it discriminatory.

The proposal resembles a measure passed in Arizona last year that resulted in a flurry of lawsuits in that state. Republicans in both the House and Senate are calling the measure a priority. It would expand the state’s 2008 law that required businesses to check their employees’ legal status. Many believe that South Carolina does not need a new immigration law that would cost millions to implement due to the fact that a new report from the Pew Hispanic Center says the number of illegal immigrants in South Carolina has dropped more than 20 percent over the past 3 years.

Miller|Conway is a Goose Creek law firm that understands how immigration issues impact both businesses and families. If you or someone you know might be faced with an immigration law issue then please do not hesitate to contact the attorneys at Miller|Conway.