South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley is soon expected to sign a new bill into law that would allow law enforcement officials to verify the immigration status of drivers they pull over.
"Today, South Carolina joined a growing number of states who are taking proactive steps to address the problems created by immigrants who not only come into our country illegally, but also violate our laws while here," House Speaker Bobby Harrell recently explained.
The bill has received much opposition, however, as many others see it as legalizing racial profiling. This sector believes that a person's valid South Carolina driver's license should be enough proof of legal status. However, the bill also imposes new requirements on businesses in the state.
Now, after the bill is passed, business owners must thoroughly check the name of all new employees to verify their status within a federal database in order to avoid the professional liability associated with hiring an illegal worker. Companies that fail to run these checks and hire legal employees could be subject to legal action.