Summerville gives initial OK to ban on immigrants

Summerville, SC - SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (AP) - A South Carolina town is closer to establishing an ordinance which will prohibit illegal immigrants from living in the community.

The Summerville town council voted 4-2 Wednesday night to give tentative approval to the ordinance, which in most cases would also keep illegal immigrants from working in the town of 45,000 near the coast.

Passage came after 90 minutes of public debate which was evenly divided between supporters and opponents. The ordinance comes up for a final vote at next month's council meeting.

A representative of the American Civil Liberties Union warned the ordinance violates federal housing laws and that other communities have spent nearly a million dollars defending such ordinances.

Supporters said the town has to have the resolve to send a message to Washington on immigration reform.

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