As towns like Summerville try and set a precedent for the rest of the state on how to track down illegal immigrants, the Latino Association is calling it racial profiling. This week the Town of Summerville held two council meetings, discussing a proposal by councilman Walter Bailey that he claims would be one step closer to tracking down illegal immigration.
It would prohibit illegal aliens, people in the country illegally, from being employed or renting a house or apartment. The idea is that if they’ve got no place to work and no place to live, they’ve got no reason to be here and they can go somewhere else.
Diana Salazar with the South Carolina Latino Coalition says it only adds racial profiling to the area. She spoke with WCIV in Charleston and says some people are prejudice and use that to their advantage.
These are just normal people, and maybe one rotten apple might be involved. But, we have rotten apples too in our cultures, in our societies. So, don’t punish just one.
Dorchester County has had an immigration reform law on the books for three years, and according to members of town council, it seems to be working. Dorchester County does not have to enforce the law as much because there have not been any recent complaints in the area.
The Summerville Town Council will have another reading on Bailey’s proposal.