Greenville County in South Carolina will join Beaufort and York counties as well as several other municipalities across the country in an effort to increase illegal immigration enforcement. Greenville County Councilman Bob Taylor told the Greenville News that illegal aliens are a burden on schools and health care systems.
Advocates for the increase in enforcement would also like to see law enforcement go after businesses who hire undocumented workers. But the county sheriff's office, who is interested in increased enforcement, said the county doesn't have the resources to enforce federal laws. That's why they are pursuing two programs offered by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Nationally, ICE has 67 agreements with local law enforcement agencies under 287 (g). The agency has added an additional $56 million to their 2009 budget to help local enforcement.
The Greenville News has more on this story.
Originally Published: Mon, Nov 10th 2008 @ 10:41am EST