The town of Summerville held its first public hearing Wednesday night to vote on an ordinance that would ban illegal immigrants from working or renting in the town. In a 4-2 vote, Summerville Town Council gave tentative approval to the ordinance written by councilman Walter Bailey.
It would prohibit illegal aliens, people in the country illegally, from being employed or renting a house or an apartment, and the idea is if they’ve got no place to work, or no place to live, they’ve got no reason to be here and they can go somewhere else.
The passage came after about 90 minutes of public debate at the town council meeting. One representative from the ACLU warned that the ordinance violates federal housing laws. Bailey responded:
The ACLU will probably sue us, they do that all over the country. What they do, they intimidate small towns that don’t have a whole lot of money in their treasury, and big towns who don’t have enough money to provide the suit.
Next month, town council will meet and vote again on the ordinance.