“In a time when South Carolina continues to rank near the bottom nationally in areas like child hunger, poverty and education, it is inexcusable that our Governor and many elected officials chose to waste the important and limited time allotted for crafting our state budget on the non-existent issue of "Sanctuary cities". This move can only be seen as one with political motives, as no other rational explanation exists.
What's worse, rather than the safety promised by the supporters of this policy, it will actually divert resources away from actual public safety as local law enforcement and the SC Law Enforcement Division are forced to comply with new, unnecessary reporting requirements.
We are deeply ashamed and disappointed to see the leaders of our state continue promoting baseless fears for personal political gain, while so many real issues affecting the daily lives of folks in our state continue to go unaddressed.
We still hold onto hope for a better, greater day in South Carolina, and that is the future we're fighting for.
For more on how this policy made it into the Senate proposed budget, from The State: http://www.thestate.com/…/politics-go…/article208739529.html.”
If you OPPOSE the “Immigration Compliance Report” Bill (H4496/S776), here are some talking points from SC Appleseed Attorney Tammy Besherse that you can share with your representatives:
Basically, the bill requires all sorts of municipalities and agencies and law enforcement to do a report for SLED stating they are following state and federal law and not providing benefits to immigrants who are not entitled to them.
Law enforcement agencies must do a report stating they are complying with requests from ICE, as per state law.
Any entity that does not comply can risk losing state funds.
Reasons Appleseed is opposed to this bill: