South Carolina Legislature Considers Allowing State Police to Enforce Immigration Laws

South Carolina law enforcement officers would check a person's immigration status after they're stopped or arrested if they're suspected of being in the United States illegally, under a bill that is to be debated Thursday in a legislative subcommittee.

The bill, which the state Senate passed last month, says someone with a valid driver's license, military ID or passport would be presumed a legal resident. If officers suspect someone is in the country illegally, they would have to call Immigration and Customs Enforcement. But a person could not be held on that suspicion.

The measure would also make it a felony to sell or produce fake IDs for illegal immigrants. It would tack a fee onto non-business, out-of-country wire transfers. And it creates a new unit to enforce illegal immigration law.

This is based on a story by The Associated Press.

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