SC immigration bill set to become law
Wed, 22 Jun 2011 23:38:20 GMT — COLUMBIA (WACH) -- Connie Bullard is just one of many across South Carolina who's concerned about Senate Bill 20 becoming law.
"Just by looking at me, a police officer could stop me but once I say something with my strong accent yes, it will trigger the officer to ask me for my documentation, says Connie Bullard, SC Hispanic Leadership Council.
Bullard says she was born in America.
"They would make me feel very uncomfortable to go through all this paperwork they might ask me for," says Bullard.
Under a provision in SB 20, a law enforcement officer has the right to verify a person's immigration status if they're stopped, detained or arrested for any reason.
It also mandates that businesses use E-Verify as a way to check the legality of their workers.
From a business stand point, I'm a business man and the e-verify is every easy to do. You go to the computer enter the information and have people check in a matter of minutes, Representative Bill Hixon, voted for SB 20.
Others against the bill say it's racial profiling and will cost the state to enforce the
"I remember when Apartheid was being fought in South Africa you had to carry your papers to document what race you were. Are we going back to things like that?" says Susan Berkowitz, Director of S.C. Appleseed Legal Justice Center.
Bullard works with the South Carolina Hispanic Leadership Council.
They believe the bill targets immigrant groups especially those of Hispanic descent.
Those for the bill say it's a step in the right direction to secure our borders.
"It seems like the federal government won't help us to our state is going to try to fix it," says Representative Hixon.
The House voted 69-43 on Tuesday to agree with the Senate's changes. Governor Nikki Haley is expected to sign the bill.