South Carolina Immigration Law Challenged
South Carolinas strict new immigration law is being challenged by the U.S. Department of Justice under the claim that it undermines federal authority.
A lawsuit was filed Monday that seeks to stop the implementation of the law that is scheduled to go into effect in January. The legislation requires law enforcement to call federal immigration officials if they believe someone is in the country illegally. The state law official may only check immigration status after the person has been stopped for something else, for example, speeding. The legislation also requires that business owners check the legal status of newly hired employees.