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.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.