Advocacy & Activism, Immigration, Legislation

Contacting the Forum: South Carolina’s SB 20

Name: Jheanelle Wilkins

Comment: Have you all taken a stance on South Carolina’s anti-immigrant law, SB 20, which is set to be implemented on January 1?

SB 20 will allow the police to check the immigration status of anyone they stop and believe they have “reasonable suspicion” to believe they are in the state illegally.  In Alabama, there was a mass exit of the Latino population, which was detrimental to the agriculture and farming industry.  Latino agricultural workers were scared to drive to work and left the state out of fear of deportation.

SB 20 was signed into law in June of this year and civil and human rights groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), and the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) have filed suit against the law, charging that it is unconstitutional and promotes racial profiling.

We do not want what happened in Alabama to happen in South Carolina.  Unfortunately, farmers in Alabama spoke out against the law after it was too late.  The South Carolina law will be heard in court on December 19 of this year.  Farmers are a powerful group who can and should be on record regarding the treatment of their workers and the possible ramifications of this law on the agriculture industry.

Please contact me for more information and ways we can work together to protect workers and the farm industry.  Thank you!


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