"The director of the state agency responsible for enforcing South Carolina's mammoth new immigration law says her department doesn't have the money needed to fully enforce it.

Adrienne Youmans, director of the state Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, wrote a four-page letter to Sen. Larry Martin of Pickens on Friday explaining that while her agency can provide a "scaled-back start-up" of immigration enforcement this summer, it won't have the funds necessary to prepare for full enforcement under the budget now being debated.

The Legislature passed the law last year, with some lawmakers boasting that it was the toughest in the nation. Part of the new law requires each business in the state to verify the legal status of each new worker. LLR is to begin enforcing the law with large businesses this summer and small businesses the summer of 2010."

Tim Smith, Greenville (SC) News, 25 April 2009

Illegal Immigration

Updated: Wed, Apr 29th 2009 @ 3:08pm EDT