The Red States are plugging ahead on the immigration front. Meanwhile, Sen. Jim Webb throws in the towel and won’t run for re-election.
COLUMBIA — The S.C. Senate Judiciary Committee has approved legislation modeled after Arizona’s illegal-immigration efforts, despite protests from Democratic senators who said the Palmetto State bill would lead to racial profiling, hurt business and further burden law enforcement and taxpayers.
The House of Delegates has advanced a slate of anti-illegal immigrant bills, including one that would require Virginia’s public colleges to bar undocumented students from enrolling and another that would deny public benefits to people in the country illegally.
The House voted 75-24 Tuesday to approve Del. Christopher Peace’s bill, which would amend state law to require colleges to have written policies explicitly denying enrollment to people who are in the United States illegally. Federal law prohibits undocumented students from paying in-state tuition or receiving federal aid, but they can still pursue a public college education.
A bill to crack down on illegal immigration passed a Senate committee tonight 8 to 1.
The vote — with only Sen. Karen Tallian, D-Portage — voting against it, came after more than four hours of at times emotional testimony, both from supporters and opponents of Senate Bill 590.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — An immigration bill that would require all government contractors to verify the citizenship of workers has passed the House.