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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CHARLOTTE, North Carolina – South Carolina lawmakers are debating a bill that requires all companies in the state to verify the legal status of their employees even as the state’s farmers express their concern about the lack of manual labor to bring in their harvests.
The state Senate this week approved a new version of SB 20 that demands that firms use the federal E-Verify program to hire personnel or face the possibility of losing their licenses.
The bill also would authorize law enforcement officers to investigate the immigration status of people arrested or detained for any reason and would make producing and selling false documents for undocumented immigrants a felony.
In addition, it allows state residents to sue municipal governments that do not force the local police to verify the immigration status of suspects and creates an immigration-law compliance unit. (more…)
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