SUMMERVILLE – Town Council faces a thorny final vote tonight on an illegal immigrant law proposed by Councilman Walter Bailey.

Bailey, an attorney and former 1st Circuit solicitor, is pushing the ordinance to force employers and leasing agents to document the status of the people they hire or rent to.

Town Attorney Mark Stokes told council in July they risked a lawsuit by trying to do a job only the federal government has the authority to do.

The issue has stoked passions across the country. The town's proposed law would join a handful of others now in litigation. The vote follows a split vote in July that passed first reading of the law.

Council members are divided over whether it's the town's job or the town has a problem large enough to need the law.

Residents heatedly supported or opposed it in the July meeting. The law would require applicants to submit a driver's license or state-issued identification card in order to be hired or get a lease.

The meeting is at 7:30 p.m. at the Town Hall Annex, 200 S. Main St.

Read more here later and in Thursday's editions of The Post and Courier.