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DHS Grants Gov. Nikki Haley's Request to Allow S.C. to Enforce Illegal Immigration Law

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Location: Columbia, SC

Governor Nikki Haley today thanked the Department of Homeland Security for granting South Carolina access to documents that will allow our Labor, License, and Regulation (LLR) Department to enforce our anti-illegal immigration laws. DHS had previously stood in the way of the state enforcing its illegal immigration laws. The decision comes in response to requests made by Gov. Haley and LLR Director Catherine Templeton.

In a letter to the governor, DHS wrote, "[DHS] has decided to authorize South Carolina E-Verify employers and their E-Verify Employer Agents to disclose E-Verify information directly to LLR when requested by LLR." The full letter is attached.

Gov. Haley said, "My job as governor is to make sure South Carolina is doing everything we can to protect our citizens and enforce our laws, and when the federal government stands in the way of that, we're going to be loud. Illegal immigration is a serious issue in our state and in our country, and until the federal government does its job and secures our borders, South Carolina is going to step up and do something about it. I appreciate Secretary Napolitano's decision."

Last month, Gov. Haley wrote a letter to DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano regarding the failure of DHS to grant South Carolina access to documents that confirm employers are using E-Verify.

The governor's letter to DHS Secretary Napolitano read, in part, "[I]n response to the federal government's failure to address illegal immigration, in 2008 South Carolina enacted a tough immigration law that requires employers to verify the employment eligibility of all new hires…We were troubled to learn that the Department of Homeland Security prohibits our investigators from accessing E-Verify documents that certify an employer's verification of all new hires."

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