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South Carolina wants to be just like Arizona

A state Senate subcommittee meets this morning to discuss a bill that would empower local police to check the immigration status of anyone they stop or detain.

Huffman said today’s hearing is typical of S.C. politics. Legislators send up a “trial balloon” to gauge voter reaction. If they receive positive feedback, they will push it forward the next year, he said.

“Few legislators have the money to do in-depth research on their small districts,” he said. “They can, however, see the anti-incumbent tide rising in other states.

“By taking on a red-meat, conservative issue like an anti-immigration measure, they can go to the most conservative wing of the party — where most of the intra-party opposition has been coming from — and say, ‘See, I’m tackling issues that matter to you!’”

SOURCE also includes links to state senate version and state house version of the bill in question.

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