“I have the support of all of the conservative grassroots movement in South Carolina,” says Rowena Booker, spokesperson for a new Tea Party group, the SC Black Conservatives. Booker called on these groups to join her in a Statehouse rally against federal illegal immigration policies that she says are too lenient:
If they sneak in here to America, they really should not be given any other rights like citizenship or anything like that. They need to go back to their country and get in the back of the line because there are people waiting to get into America who are doing the right thing. Giving amnesty to them, they’re being rewarded for their bad behavior.
State Senator Larry Grooms of Bonneau was at the rally among the 200 to 300 conservative activists. He says,
I am doing everything I can to stop illegal immigration in South Carolina. I am the primary sponsor of the Arizona-style bill and we’re going to reintroduce it. It’ll be up in January and hopefully, we’ll pass it.
The rally was also a chance for the SC Black Conservative group to introduce itself as the other voice for black voters. Member Darlynn Thomas explains that she is tired of being politically pigeonholed.