Months before it takes effect, South Carolina's new immigration compliance law is being challenged in court. Alleging the act is unconstitutional, the following groups have filed suit to block the law's implementation, alleging "South Carolina and the nation have watched the devastation caused by laws like this as families have fled Alabama, businesses have lost patrons, and a climate of fear and hate have settled over the state":
American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of South Carolina, the Southern Poverty Law Center, the National Immigration Law Center, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), the South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center, LatinoJustice PRLDEF, and the law firms of Rosen, Rosen & Hagood and the Lloyd Law Firm.
While the coalition alleges the new law "unfairly and illegally targets the Latino community with improper arrests and detentions", we reviewed the legislation and - not surprisingly - we didn't find any race-specific language.
Also, if any of our readers observe any recent outbreaks of devastation, fear or hate which they refer to anywhere in South Carolina, please let us know - because haven't seen any.