Many South Carolina residents have expressed concern over a new law, which requires police to call federal immigration officials if they suspect someone is in the country illegally.
On Sunday, a U.S. Representative stopped in the Lowcountry to talk about the concerns. The law goes into effect in January.
Luis Gutierrez said that local advocates think some people have a misconception about the Latino community that is unjust and unfair.
The U.S. Department of Justice is suing South Carolina over the new law, which federal prosecutors say is unconstitutional and interferes with the government's powers to establish immigration policy.
"Our Latino people contribute to this state..they do not steal and they do not rob," said Diana Salazar, a Charleston Latino community advocate. "They want to be apart of society and be apart of our county. The SB-20 is going to target our skin color, target us when driving down the road and it's an unfair and an unjust law."
Gutierrez is the chair of the Congress Hispanic Caucus Task Force. So far he has already visited 20 cities across the U.S. regarding this issue.Copyright WCSC 2011. All rights reserved.