COLUMBIA — Gov. Mark Sanford said his office has been in talks this morning with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, which he said believes the state cannot enforce the fines for hiring illegal immigrations as proposed by the Senate.
Players across the state are trying to sort out the implications of a late-night agreement passed by the Senate Wednesday that would fine employers up to $10,000 for every illegal immigrant hired.
Sanford said the public must make their voices head louder than ever.
"For anyone who cares about real immigration reform, the time is now for them to e-mail or call their senator or House member — or better yet show up in person at the Statehouse on Tuesday to tell their elected leaders face-to-face how they feel," Sanford said.
House leaders said they must review the proposal closely over the weekend to be prepared to deal with the bill when it comes to them next week. The Senate agreed to give the bill automatic final approval today.
Senate President Pro Tem Glenn McConnell, R-Charleston, has held the Senate floor for the past couple of hours to defend the Senate's plan. McConnell said the Senate gave the governor everything he demanded in immigration reform — and more. McConnell said the governor is playing pure politics.
"(He said) he was a leader not a politician," McConnell said. "Looks like we got a politician, not a leader."
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