Posted on November 3, 2011 by SC Appleseed Legal Justice Center
Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-Laurens
By Meg Kinnard
Thursday, Nov. 03, 2011
South Carolina Democratic and Latino leaders Wednesday demanded an apology from U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan for remarks comparing the country’s illegal immigration issues to a house without a door that allows “any kind of vagrant or animal” to come in.
“It’s kind of like having a house … taking the door off the hinges and allowing any kind of vagrant or animal or just somebody that’s hungry, or somebody that wants to do your dishes for you, to come in,” Duncan said Tuesday night during a forum at Furman University, according to a report by The Greenville News.
“And you can’t say, ‘No, you can’t come in. And you can’t say, ‘No, you can’t stay all night.’ Or ‘No, you can’t have this benefit of using my deodorant.’ … We’re giving those benefits away, which we earn as citizens of this nation, of being legalized citizens,” the newspaper quoted him as saying.
Duncan spokesman Allen Klump defended the comments, saying the congressman was simply likening the importance of border security to protecting one’s home. (more…)
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Posted on July 11, 2011 by SC Appleseed Legal Justice Center
From Fox News Latino:
Published July 08, 2011–EFE
Columbia – In South Carolina, where a tough anti-immigrant law was just enacted, a group of county sheriffs announced Friday a Spanish-language phone line over which Hispanics can report crimes.
Any Latinos who know of an incident or a possible crime in their community can call S.C. Crime Stoppers in their own language at 888-274-6372 at any time, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott told a press conference Friday at the state capitol in Columbia that the system is secure and anonymous,and that immigrants have no reason to fear using the service. No one is going to ask them about their immigration status what interests us is solving crimes, and to do that we need the collaboration of people with information in order to keep the community safe, he told Efe.
Two weeks ago, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley signed into law bill SB 20, an Arizona-style measure that criminalizes the undocumented, and allows law-enforcement agencies to investigate the immigration status of detainees and crime suspects.
It also calls for the creation of the country’s first state-level immigration enforcement unit. (more…)
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