The federal government is suing the state of South Carolina because it says the state’s immigration law is unconstitutional and interferes with the federal rights to enforce immigration rules. South Carolina’s immigration law allows police to check a person’s immigration status after a traffic stop or arrest–as well as require law enforcement to report any person they suspect being in the country illegally.
In Charleston, Republican Representative Chip Limehouse was one of the first legislators to give his opinion of the federal government’s injunction filed Monday.
“They are jealous of us, they don’t like us and they are suing us to keep us from using the law that our Legislature has lawfully passed, our lawfully elected Legislature has passed. And, we are doing the job that the federal government has failed to do but they don’t want to do,” says Limehouse.
Similar laws were challenged in court in Arizona and Alabama. In both cases, federal judges ruled out only portions of the laws.