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SC Senate discusses, drops illegal immigrant fee

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina legislators briefly discussed requiring illegal immigrants to register with the state's tax agency and pay a $50 fee.

The measure came up early Friday morning as debate stretched past midnight on the state's $5 billion budget.

Under Sen. Larry Grooms' measure, people who can't prove they registered could be jailed.

The Bonneau Republican withdrew the amendment when legislators agreed to include it in a stand-alone bill that might come up later in the session.

House members on Thursday introduced a bill that mirrors Arizona's new immigration law and requires police check immigration status for people they stop and suspect are in the country illegally.

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