SC senators look at Arizona-style immigration bill

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina legislators are considering an anti-illegal immigration law similar to Arizona's.

The bill was up for debate in Senate Judiciary, but the meeting ended before senators could get to that issue.

It would allow police to check the immigration status if an officer thinks a person is in the country illegally. The question could come after a suspect is stopped for something else.

Republicans in both chambers have called it a top priority for this year.

Arizona's law last year inspired a flurry of lawsuits.

On Monday, the president of a national civil rights group accused legislators of trampling the U.S. Constitution in the name of immigration reform. Wade Henderson of the National Conference of Civil and Human Rights spoke at the King Day at the Dome rally.

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