Small Town Steps In Because Feds Are “Failing on Immigration”

Lexi Stemple, Fox News, August 14, 2010

Arizona is not alone in its fight for immigration reform. A lot of localities are stepping in where they feel the federal government is failing. One such town, Summerville, South Carolina, has just tentatively passed an ordinance that bans illegal immigrants from working and living there.

Walter Bailey, the town council member who proposed the ordinance tells Fox News the town needs to “send the message to Washington on immigration reform. . . . The federal government that should be regulating immigration at our borders but has dropped the ball for whatever reason and somebody has to pick up the slack.”

The ordinance won temporary approval earlier this week when the council voted 4-2 in favor of it. But an ACLU spokesperson says the ordinance violates housing laws and warns there are constitutionality issues with the ordinance. She warned the council during its hearing this week that a lawsuit is inevitable and other towns like this have spent a lot of money defending ordinances like this one.

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The ordinance is up for final approval next month.

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