Tougher immigration laws could come to Palmetto State

Myrtle Beach, SC - By A.J. Ross - bio | email

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – A South Carolina representative is pushing for an Arizona-style immigration law to be adopted in South Carolina.

State Rep. Thad Viers (R-Horry County) is says illegal immigrants place a strain on taxpayers and state resources such as the welfare system, education system, and law enforcement.

"It affects everybody in this state and it doesn't have to if they were not here to begin with illegally," said Viers. "I think the state of South Carolina wants to send a clear message, if you're not in this country legally you need to leave our state."

But some Hispanic Americans like Edgar Rosas say they're concerned about how this new law would be implemented.

"Just because we look Hispanic doesn't mean that we're illegal," said Rosas. "I think that the law is only aiming for certain people, they said it's for everybody, but I mean who's everybody."

Viers claims the line between "reasonable suspicion" and racial profiling will be carefully monitored.

"You can't just go up to a group of individuals that may look different than you and be able to have everyone just start pulling out their I.D.s it's not going to be like that," said Viers.

Rosas says he isn't against cracking down on illegal immigration, he just prefers lawmakers would go about things differently.

"It's not the right way to do things I think they there should be another way to do this," said Rosas.

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