The U.S. Justice Department has filed for a temporary injunction in federal court to stop South Carolina's immigration enforcement law from going into effect in January 2012. South Carolina's law, passed earlier this year, would require police officers to ask for proof of immigration status if they suspect an individual is in the county illegally. Similar to laws passed in Arizona and Alabama, South Carolina now faces the same fate as those two states - having to defend its law in federal court.
"The Justice Department has many important tasks and two of the most important tasks it has are defending the constitution and ensuring equality for all citizens," said U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles.
The Justice Department's lawsuit charges that South Carolina's law tries to enforce laws that are reserved for the federal government and that enforcement could result in the detention of legal immigrants and U.S. citizens.
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Updated: Tue, Nov 1st 2011 @ 6:05pm EDT