"The Department of Justice challenged South Carolina’s recently passed immigration law, Act No. 69, in federal court today. In a complaint, filed in the District of South Carolina, the department
states that certain provisions of Act No. 69, as enacted by the state on
June 27, 2011, are unconstitutional and interfere with the federal
government’s authority to set and enforce immigration policy, explaining
that “the Constitution and federal law do not permit the development of
a patchwork of state and local immigration policies throughout the
country.” South Carolina’s law clearly conflicts with the policies and
priorities adopted by the federal government and therefore cannot stand. South Carolina’s law is designed to further criminalize unauthorized
immigrants and, like the Arizona and Alabama laws, expands the
opportunity for police to push unauthorized immigrants towards
incarceration for various new immigration crimes by enforcing an
immigration status verification system.
Similar to Arizona’s S.B. 1070 and Alabama’s H.B. 56, this law
will place significant burdens on federal agencies, diverting their
resources away from high-priority targets, such as terrorism, drug
smuggling and gang activity, and those with criminal records.
In addition, the law’s mandates on law enforcement will also
result in the harassment and detention of foreign visitors and legal
immigrants, as well as U.S. citizens, who cannot readily prove their
lawful status." - DOJ, Oct. 31, 2011.