SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) - Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer says lazy residents who don't want to take jobs harvesting the state's crops are the root of the South Carolina's problems with illegal immigration.
Bauer's remarks came at the opening of a debate Friday of Republican gubernatorial hopefuls in Spartanburg.
The candidates were asked about Arizona's new tough illegal immigration law and whether South Carolina should do more to fight the problem.
Bauer told the crowd of more than 200 that the real problem is South Carolina's work force because residents don't want to work in the state's fields and orchards. He told the crowd that laziness is not a disability.
Bauer shared the stage with U.S. Rep. Gresham Barrett, state Rep. Nikki Haley and Attorney General Henry McMaster.