Judge: Arizona immigration decision affects SC law

COLUMBIA, SC (AP) - A federal judge says he needs to revisit an order blocking South Carolina's anti-illegal immigration law now that the U.S. Supreme Court has overturned nearly all of Arizona's similar legislation.

U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel said Monday he wants to reconsider his December ruling in which he blocked several provisions of South Carolina's law from going into effect.

The federal government sued to block South Carolina's law, which was modeled on Arizona legislation. Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned most of Arizona's law but left intact a provision allowing authorities to ask the citizenship status of people stopped for another reason.

State prosecutors appealed Gergel's original decision. For now, South Carolina authorities have been told to abide by the order that put the law's enforcement on hold.

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