A group of protesters are rallying today in Charleston against South Carolina’s new anti-immigration law. The Unity and Peace Rally is scheduled to begin at Washington Square Park and will continue in front of the U.S. District Courthouse. There, a hearing of the U.S. Justice Department’s lawsuit challenging the state’s anti-immigration law that goes into effect January 1, 2012.
Last week, Christian, Jewish, Muslim and other faiths voiced their opposition to the law at the Statehouse.
The law allows officers to ask for proof of citizenship if that officer suspects that person may be in the country illegally. Some of these faith-based organizations have formed a South Carolina Immigrants’ Rights Coalition to try to prevent the law from going into effect at the beginning of the year.