SC seeks to delay immigration law challenge

Charleston, SC (AP) - The state of South Carolina wants a federal judge to suspend a challenge to its tough new immigration law until the U.S. Supreme Court rules on an Arizona law that is nearly identical.

The Justice Department and civil rights groups have sued in federal court in Charleston to block the South Carolina law from taking effect Jan. 1. A hearing is set Monday in Charleston.

In a motion Thursday, Attorney General Alan Wilson says the state opposes an injunction blocking the law and that a Supreme Court decision on the Arizona case would resolve most of the issues raised about it.

The law is similar to ones in Alabama, Utah, Indiana and Georgia and requires police to check the immigration status of suspects they detain.

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