SC gov signs illegal immigration police checks law

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley has signed an illegal immigration law that requires police to call federal immigration officials if they suspect someone is in the country illegally.

That question must follow an arrest or traffic stop for something else. The law bars officers from holding someone solely on that suspicion.

The Republican governor signed the bill Monday and said the new law won’t lead to racial profiling. She stressed that her own parents were legal immigrants to this country. They are from India.

Profiling is one issue the American Civil Liberties Union is raising as problematic in its vow to sue over the law.

The legislation also makes it a felony to make fake photo identification for illegal immigrants.

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