Thursday’s editorial suggests that
Though less-noble factors may be at play, the ever-harsher wave of new state and local laws governing illegal immigration is due in part to the public’s ongoing frustration with the federal government’s failure to solve the problem.
Last month, the state of Arizona re-invigorated the immigration debate by passing a new law that requires, during any “lawful contact” with a police officer, when “reasonable suspicion exists that the person is an alien who is unlawfully present in the United States, a reasonable attempt shall be made, when practicable, to determine the immigration status of the person.”
Before we get carried away with
other state’s efforts, however, it’s worth reviewing what’s already on the
books here in
The worst measure in the pack,
clearly, was one barring illegal immigrants from the state’s technical college
system - even though they were already paying full, out-of-state tuition, which
more than pays for the cost of their education. Keeping intelligent,
highly-motivated students from purchasing an education at full price serves no
practical purpose, but unjustly punishes children who often were brought to the
Much more reasonable were the reforms aimed at curbing the practices of businesses that hire illegal immigrants, thus maintaining the demand for unfairly cheap, off-the-books labor that keeps immigrants headed here. Beginning July 1, the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation will begin auditing businesses with fewer than 100 employees (larger companies have already been scrutinized) to make sure they are verifying their employees’ citizenship with either a S.C. Driver’s License or a search of a federal database.
This law has teeth. Pleasant Places
Suddenly, cheap labor is no longer
The circumstances here in