SC receives permission to enforce immigration law

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina’s labor agency has received the federal permission it needs to enforce state law requiring businesses to check their employees’ immigration status.

Gov. Nikki Haley thanked the Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday for giving state inspectors access to documents that would show if businesses are checking their new hires through the federal online E-verify program.

The state’s labor agency had stopped auditing companies to see if they’re complying with the state’s 2008 anti-illegal-immigration law. That was because companies with federal contracts were worried they could not turn over to the state the documents from their E-verify checks.

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services provided the permission in a letter Friday.

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