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P.O. Box 142 STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA
Gressette Senate Office Building
Columbia, SC 29202 THE SENATE
For Immediate Release
April 17, 2008
House Stalling Immigration Plan is Political Grandstanding
The House has never addressed private employers.
Columbia, SC - The Senate Republican Caucus and Senator Jim Ritchie (R-Spartanburg) have
championed the issue of illegal immigration reform for over two-years. Now House members
want to join the Senate’s efforts by taking a stand on a part of this statewide crisis it has never
officially acknowledged as part of the problem.
“The South Carolina Illegal Immigration Reform Bill (S.392) is a comprehensive reform plan
that addresses major challenges in the fight against illegal immigration,” says Senator Ritchie.
“The Senate has worked very hard to develop broad based support for the current bill, which
requires employers to verify the legal status of their employees. The House has failed to address
the issue of private employers; even in a similarly drafted plan introduced this year. It is easy for
House members to step up to the plate now that the Senate has done the hard work required to
get a bill to this point.”
“We will continue to work toward the strongest bill possible and make sure that unscrupulous
South Carolina businesses understand that if they knowingly and intentionally violate the law
there will be severe penalties,” says Senator Ritchie.
The Senate’s Illegal Immigration Reform Bill, currently in a joint legislative conference
committee, requires public employers to use E-Verify, allows SLED to enter into a 287-G plan
with the federal government, prohibits public aid to illegal aliens, creates a felony for
transporting or harboring an illegal alien, and expands grand jury powers to include immigration
“The Senate is committed to producing the strongest bill possible and the political grandstanding
by the House will not deter us from our mission of eliminating the practice of hiring
undocumented workers,” says Senator Ritchie.
The Joint Legislative Conference Committee, chaired by Senator Ritchie, agreed to return to the
table and to continue working toward an agreement.
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