The ACLU and several other organizations have filed suit against the state’s immigration laws because they say the law is unconstitutional. Victoria Middleton with South Carolina’s ACLU says the law would cause police to take their focus off of more serious crimes–while looking for illegals.
“You shouldn’t have to worry that you look foreign or you look different from the majority of Americans,” says Middleton.
The suit claims that South Carolina’s law involves racial profiling, which would violate federal law.
Charleston Representative Chip Limehouse told ABC News-4 in Charleston that the state is just trying to enforce stricter laws to combat the ongoing problem of illegal immigration.
“It doesn’t target any race. If you’re Swedish, and you’re here illegally, they’re going to pull you over and deport you,” said Limehouse.
Limehouse says a state law is needed because he doesn’t see the federal government being able to keep illegal immigrants out of specific states.
The state’s law goes into effect January 1. The Justice Department has already filed to stop similar laws in Alabama and Georgia.