Although some of the legislators on the South Carolina Senate judiciary subcommittee had concerns about the legality of some of the provisions, they still voted 3-1 to move the bill to the full judiciary committee. This moves the bill one step closer to becoming law in South Carolina. The subcommittee has been considering the bill for nearly a year. The discussion on the bill emphasized just how thin of a line law enforcement officials will have to walk should the bill become law.
The Immigration bill is an Arizona style bill that will enable local police and sheriff departments to enforce federal immigration laws.
Critics argue that the S.C. immigration bill is a violation of civil rights.