Anne Eller of affiliate WLMA in Greenwood contributed to this report.
The state Senate this week, will take up the final changes to a bill toughening up in illegal immigration. Abbeville Senator Billy O’dell says they are trying to make it withstand a federal court challenge.
“It’s got to be cleaned up a little bit before we pass it,” says O’dell.
The bill enables law enforcement to try to determine the immigration status of someone they have stopped or arrested for a crime, much of the recent focus of the South Carolina legislation has been on the penalties for hiring of illegal workers.
Senators will consider taking away licenses businesses need to operate and making them use E-Verify to check immigration status. The state currently lets employers check drivers’ licenses.
O’dell says another change they will likely see is the attempt to use of fees tacked to wire transfers to pay for a special state immigration team in the Department of Public Safety.
We’ve already been told that’s not going to work…It was a good idea but when you start putting fees on wire transfers, you start affecting servicemen, a lot of business, China trade, national trade and a lot of that would have a fee attached and that’s just not going to work.
The Senate put off final consideration of the bill until this week’s extended session, which already has a busy agenda that includes redistricting, budget changes and a possible Department of Administration bill.