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South Carolina Passes Illegal Immigration Reform Act

Cite as "AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 08070860 (posted Jul. 8, 2008)"

On 06/04/08, South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford signed into law HB 4400, an omnibus immigration bill. The law mandates that:

  • Employers must verify the identity of employees either with a South Carolina driver's license or the federal E-verify system.
  • Non-emergency medical care be denied to undocumented adult immigrants by state funded clinics and hospitals. Because federal law requires that care be given without discrimination, local healthcare providers are facing a significant challenge in following the law. Perhaps in recognition of this, no state agency is tasked with enforcing the new restrictions.
  • Undocumented immigrants are prohibited from attending public institutions of higher education or receiving state funded scholarships.
  • The chief of the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division enter into a memorandum of understanding with the federal government regarding enforcement of federal immigration law. It also allows for law enforcement personnel to be deputized and trained for these duties.

The bill contains similar language to Oklahoma's Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act of 2007 (H.B. 1804).

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