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Wednesday November 9, 2011

South Carolina Immigration Law Seeing Opposition from 16 Latin American and Caribbean Countries

South Carolina Immigration Law Seeing Opposition from 16 Latin American and Caribbean Countries

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South Carolina’s controversial immigration is getting international attention , as well as criticism. To date, more than a dozen Latin American and Caribbean countries have asked to join in the fight against the Arizona-style law.

Sixteen countries in Latin America and the Caribbean have filed papers to be a part of the U.S. Justice Department’s lawsuit against South Carolina where an Arizona-like law is trying to be passed.

The countries, which include Mexico, Brazil, and Honduras, say they wish to join the suit because the law would allow law enforcement to racial profile.

When Arizona passed a similar law, Mexico issued a travel warning to those visiting, working, or studying in the state. President Calderon even called the law “discriminatory”.

If passed, South Carolina’s new legislation, which is currently scheduled to take effect in January, would require law enforcement officers making traffic stops to call federal immigration officials if they suspect someone is in the country illegally.

Alabama and Arizona have already passed similar laws, though both faced immense pressure not to, and still face lawsuits to keep parts of the laws from taking effect.

The U.S. Justice Department’s lawsuit states that immigration policy is the domain of the federal government not local or state.