A bill that helps law enforcement address illegal immigration in South Carolina has passed the Senate and now heads to the House. Senator Larry Grooms says it was a bit of a struggle to get the bill through.
The opponents of the bill were putting up amendments that appeared good on face, but what they did is prevented the bill from ever being enforced, and there were several of those amendments up there.
This version of the illegal immigration bill would not run into the constitutional problems that Arizona’s law encountered. Grooms says they spent Wednesday night writing a new amendment to the bill.
What was added was a provision that places a tax on the electronic transfers of monies from out of South Carolina to another country. And, it deals with the wires of the money grams and so forth.
On the Senate floor, Lexington Senator Jake Knotts said: “It’s legal to be illegal in South Carolina.” Grooms explains what he thinks Knotts meant by the comment.
What can a state do about a federal issue, and there’s many things the state can do and that’s what we are attempting to do. Everything a state can do, absolutely everything, and that’s what we put in here.
Senator Larry Grooms says they had to be careful to not supercede or overstep federal law, as in being challenged with the Arizona law: