Bill would put SC in line with AZ's immigrant law

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina legislators are considering how to clamp down harder on illegal workers, just two years after passing 1 of the country's toughest anti-illegal immigration laws.

A Senate subcommittee discussed a measure on Thursday to bring South Carolina in line with a new law in Arizona. It would direct law enforcement to try to check the legal status of someone they have reasonable suspicion is in the country illegally.

Opponents lashed out at its sponsor in what became a rare shouting match in Senate offices.

Two opponents confronted Sen. Larry Grooms after the meeting, asking him if he could tell which one was here illegally. He responded by doubting either was, sparking an escalating argument.

Legislators acknowledge the bill has almost no chance of approval this year.

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