The South Carolina Senate Judiciary Special Subcommittee on Immigration held its first of four public hearings in North Charleston Thursday night. Berkeley Senator Larry Grooms was there and said he and other lawmakers have a responsibility.
We’ve got a huge problem in this state. The purpose of government is to protect life, liberty and property and the evidence is overwhelming that life, liberty and property is being threatened by our federal government’s lack of enforcement over immigration policy.
Grooms says it was evident to him last night, after hearing testimonies about rapes and killings involving illegal immigrants, that South Carolina is failing.
We got what we wanted with the judiciary committee to help build a record to be able to pass an Arizona style law here in South Carolina. Before the session ended last year I sponsored Senate bill 1446 which would give our local law enforcement some of the same tools that are only available to federal immigration officials.
Grooms says illegal immigrants’ first act is to disregard U.S. law when they cross the border illegally. He says America was built on laws and it needs to continue that way.
The value system and the culture from where the illegals come from and our value system is totally different. There’s things that happen in their homeland that does not happen here and they think it should happen here. Well, listen, we are a nation of laws and if we can’t uphold the Constitution then the Constitution will crumble.
The state Senate will hold three more public hearings across the state in the next couple of months.