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    ACLU Team Discussing Immigration Laws in SC

    ACLU Team Discussing Immigration Laws in SC
    7:43 AM, May 1, 2012
    The American Civil Liberties Union

    Written by
    Derry London

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Representatives from the American Civil Liberties Union are scheduled to visit South Carolina to talk about immigration rights.

    The ACLU's "Mobile Rights Team" is making stops in Columbia and Charleston on Tuesday.

    ACLU officials say the tour is an effort to gather stories from people impacted by immigration laws.

    The group says the stops are part of a campaign planned in conjunction with the U.S. Supreme Court's consideration last week of a legal challenge to Arizona's immigration law, which was a model for a similar policy in South Carolina.

    The federal government is suing South Carolina over its law. That litigation is on hold pending the Supreme Court's decision.

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    ACLU ends immigration rights campaign in SC

    ACLU ends immigration rights campaign in SC
    Posted: May 01, 2012 10:53 PM EDT Updated: May 02, 2012 1:01 AM EDT

    By Nikki Gaskins

    NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- Critics of South Carolina's immigration law traveled to the Lowcountry looking for people to join in the fight.

    On April 22nd, the ACLU began a 10-day mobile campaign that started in California and ended at New Covenant Church of God on Tuesday.

    "We need to make sure that people recognize that they rights whether they're legal or not legal and that they are protected the United States Constitution," said Dulce Juarez, a young woman who has become the face of the ACLU's nationwide campaign.

    Juarez, who holds a master's degree in education from Arizona State University, says she's experienced first-hand discrimination as a result of Arizona's controversial immigration law.

    "I've been pulled over because of the color of my skin. My car has been towed. They've asked for my social security, my passport," said Juarez.

    Recently, the U.S. Supreme Court began hearing arguments against her home state's anti-immigration laws. The American Civil Liberties Union and other groups have also filed lawsuits.

    "Passing racist laws doesn't make it a law and it doesn't make it a right or well done, written law," said Juarez.

    South Carolina passed a similar immigration law nearly a year ago.

    "It creates a climate of hate. It creates a climate of discrimination," Juarez said.

    South Carolina's law requires businesses to verify a potential employee's immigration status before hiring them. Certain controversial portions of the law, including one giving police the right to check the immigration status of people they deem "suspicious", are on hold pending litigation.

    "We've never really understood how a local officer could go about that without engaging in some sort of racial profiling," said Andre Seguro, an ACLU attorney who helped block South Carolina's law from going into effect. "Right now that law continues to remain blocked."

    What happens next, he says, will depend on what happens in the Arizona case and those against the law hope the courts rule in their favor.

    "People are just here to provide a better life for their families and to be able to live happy and healthy lives," said Juarez.

    The ACLU is also calling on President Obama to stop federal programs that further involve local police and sheriffs in immigration enforcement.

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