COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Here's a summary of the illegal immigration bill given key approval in the South Carolina House of Representatives Wednesday. The summary was provided to WIS News 10 by State House Communications Director Greg Foster:
Memorandum of Understanding
The Chief of SLED will enter into negotiations with the Federal Government to attempt to reach an understanding that would allow South Carolina to enforce federal immigration laws on the state level, determine reimbursement for the detention of illegals, training of law enforcement and deportation.
Crimes Committed by Illegal Aliens
Law enforcement will ascertain the immigration status of any person arrested and detained for committing a crime. If the arrested person is illegally in the US, law enforcement will notify the Department of Home Land Security and the cost of the detainment will be billed to the federal government.
Bond for Illegal Aliens
A magistrate setting bond will consider a persons immigration status when setting that person's bond.
Illegal Alien Financial Fraud
A person cannot create or alter financial documents used to gain illegal entry into the US and they will lose any benefits received from this fraud. Also, provides a civil cause of action for any person who can show an ascertainable loss as a result of such a fraud.
No Sanctuary Cities
No town or City in South Carolina can ignore our immigration laws and become a safe haven for illegal aliens, as has happened in some cities around the country.
No Public College Admission and No Scholarships for Illegal Aliens
No illegal alien would be permitted to attend any state supported college or university in South Carolina. Also, no illegal alien will receive any state sanctioned scholarships or benefits if they were to attend a private college or university.
Illegals will not receive benefits from South Carolina Taxpayers
Illegal aliens will not be entitled to public benefits provided by taxpayer funds. Signed affidavits will serve as temporary authorization until status is verified through the SAVE program. Falsifying an affidavit will be a felony offence.
There are certain legal exclusions such as disaster relief, criminal domestic violence services and emergency medical services.
Public Employment of illegal aliens
Employers who have public contracts must verify the legal status of employees through a federal work authorization program.
Employment Protection for South Carolinians
Creates a civil right of action against any employer who terminates an employee while retaining a person the employer knows or should know is not legally present in the US.
However, if an employer voluntarily submits a list of their employees through an internet-based program run by the Department of Homeland Security, they will be held harmless from the aforementioned cause of action.
No Harboring of Illegal Aliens
Makes it a felony to transport, conceal, harbor or shelter an illegal alien with the goal of furthering that illegal presence.