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Ritchie Comments on Signing of Illegal Immigration Bill

June 4, 2008



For Immediate Release

June 04, 2008

Ritchie Comments on Signing of Illegal Immigration Bill

Columbia, SC– Senator Jim Ritchie (R-Spartanburg) released the following statement today related to the Governor’s signing of the South Carolina Illegal Immigration Reform Act:

“This is a victorious day for the citizens of South Carolina. After two years of hard work South Carolina now has the strongest, most comprehensive illegal immigration reform law in the country. In addition to a strong E-Verify requirement for all employers, this law addresses all of the key issues in the fight against illegal immigration.

The whole point of this bill is to create a level playing field for everyone and prevent those who choose to operate outside the law from gaining a competitive advantage over businesses that play by the rules. The rule of law can now be asserted where the federal government has failed to protect our communities.

I am proud to have led this effort, but the bill we have today included work by many members of the Senate Republican Caucus. This bill is the result of the General Assembly coming together to do what is best for the citizens of South Carolina. The Governor’s support throughout this debate was also key in bringing this issue to a final resolution.”

Senator Ritchie has led the Senate’s efforts on illegal immigration for the past two years. He introduced the first comprehensive illegal immigration bill in the spring of 2007 and served as Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee that spent more than a year studying illegal immigration.


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