COLUMBIA, SC – The federal government is suing South Carolina to put a stop to the state's tough new immigration law.
U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles said Monday the government wants a judge to stop enforcement of the legislation that requires officers call federal immigration officials if they suspect someone is in the country illegally following a traffic stop for something else.
Nettles said the law is unconstitutional and violates people's right to due process. He says the lawsuit was filed Monday afternoon.
A spokesman for Attorney General Alan Wilson said the state had not received a copy of the lawsuit.