Charleston gop assessment on Senate’s actions on immigration

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Senate Waters Down Immigration Bill
Charleston, SC, February 12, 2008
The South Carolina Senate today introduced an amendment that would water down employee verification in the Immigration Bill, S392. The original bill required all South Carolina employers doing business in the state to be able to verify the legality of their workers through the use of a South Carolina Drivers license, either issued or meeting eligibility requirements to obtain a South Carolina license, or valid immigration documentation. The change incorporating the Immigration and Control Act of 1986, introduced by pressure from the Chamber of Commerce and the Farm Bureau, would permit employers with the option to complete the Federal From I-9. The I-9 form allows for any drivers license from any state and requires a Social Security number that is not verifiable.  This change would not strengthen the bill but significantly weaken it and equates to little or no verification at all.