Justice, SC officials to meet on immigration law

COLUMBIA, SC (AP) - The U.S. Justice Department wants to talk with South Carolina's attorney general about the state's new immigration law.

U.S. Attorney's Office spokeswoman Beth Drake said Friday U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles has arranged a meeting with Attorney General Alan Wilson to talk about the law. The meeting is scheduled for Oct. 26.

The South Carolina law requires police to check suspects' immigration status and mandates that all businesses check their hires through a federal online system.

The Justice Department is challenging similar laws in other states. On Friday, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals blocked a key part of Alabama's new immigration law that requires schools to check immigration status but upheld other parts.

Drake said federal lawyers are reviewing South Carolina's law.

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