Tonight in Myrtle Beach a special Senate Judiciary Subcommittee is hosting the last of four public hearings on illegal immigration reform. Pickens Senator Larry Martin is a member of the panel–
This is an opportunity for the public to comment on the current state of the immigration reform law we passed in 2008. We also want to hear from the public regarding any other concerns they have about illegal immigration to the extent that South Carolina as a state can address it.
Martin says the law wasn’t implemented in the state until January of this year. He details the law:
All employers are required to either E-verify new employees that they hire, or have a valid South Carolina Driver’s License. LLR, the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, passed in the enactment of that law with enforcing it and doing audits on businesses, large and small.
Martin says the enforcement of the law has gone smoothly so far, and discusses future plans:
To move forward the next step in the immigration reform model. This will be to impose a sanction or violation of the law on undocumented people who attempt to cross that line to find employment and to submitting false documents, that type thing in order to become employed.
The subcommittee has already had hearings in Columbia, Greenville and Charleston. Tonight’s hearing in Myrtle Beach is expected to have a good turnout, according to Martin.