South Carolina Radio Network’s Tripp Girardeau contributed to this article.
Last week, the U.S Supreme Court gave Arizona more rights to enforce its own immigration law. A South Carolina Senate committee, encouraged by this ruling, met on June 1 to bring the bill closer to what the courts would most likely approve.
Senator Larry Martin of Pickens hopes to push the bill through in the Senate.
We need to tweak our existing law regarding the use of a South Carolina driver’s license in addition to E-Verify…to come more close to the Supreme Court decision we need to just require employers to use E-Verify.
E-Verify is a system in which employers will post whom they employ online and the Department of Homeland Security can determine who is an illegal immigrant.
In the Arizona case, the court approved the right to suspend or shut down a business if they willfully violate E-Verify. Martin says in the bill, South Carolina could do the same.
We would enable LLR for a willful violation. This is after they’ve dealt with the business, given them a citation for failure to comply, and they refused to comply. Then they could go into court and get a judge to order the revocation of all their licenses.
State officials hope to tweak the current immigration law into something similar to what Arizona now has. Martin says it’s possible that the state could approve a new immigration law before the session ends.