Senate approves SC anti-illegal immigration bill

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - An anti-illegal immigration bill to require police officers to try to check the legal status of suspects is heading to the South Carolina House.

The South Carolina Senate voted 34-9 Thursday for final approval on the bill. It came about 12 hours after senators gave key approval in an overnight session.

The measure specifies that the check must follow a traffic stop or arrest for something else. Officers would have to call Immigrations and Custom Enforcement if they suspect someone is in the country illegally.

Unlike a similar law passed last year in Arizona, the bill says someone can't be held strictly over suspicions about their immigration status. Late-night additions to the bill included making it a felony to produce or sell fake IDs for illegal immigrants.

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