Charleston, SC – Throughout the past three days, about 24 people have united to protest local immigration enforcement in Charleston.
According to Live 5 News, a large group of people joined together outside the Al Cannon Detention Center in an effort to fight against the local immigration enforcement. Specifically, they gathered together to protest the 287-G program.
For those unfamiliar with the 287-G program, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) site describes it as a program that:
- Prioritizes the arrest and detention of criminal aliens.
- Requires officers to retain all records in order to ensure focus on criminal aliens who pose the greatest threat to society.
- Helps local and federal officers connect in order to work together to identify and remove criminal aliens.
- Allows ICE to find more officers who are willing to engage in ongoing immigration enforcement operations across the nation.
Essentially, this bill allows local law enforcement to partner with ICE in order to help federal immigration law enforcement get rid of “criminal aliens.” The sheriff’s office in Charleston is one of those partners.
Live 5 News reported that immigrants in Charleston were protesting because they were concerned about what would happen to their family if they were sent back to their native countries.
The news station in Charleston quoted one undocumented immigrant, Patricia Perez, questioning what would happen to her if they send her back to Mexico simply because she is Mexican, and more importantly, what would happen to her family.
Do the recent protests in Charleston leave you wondering about the basics of immigration law in South Carolina? If you answered yes, here’s what you need to know:
- Driver’s License: In order to obtain a South Carolina driver’s license, you must provide a valid Social Security Number.
- Education: Unless you have a legal residence status or are a U.S citizen, you are not entitled to attend public universities nor enroll in scholarships funded by South Carolina.
- Employment: South Carolina’s Department of Labor is required to immediately inform ICE about any unusual employment of immigrants by private employers.
- Law Enforcement: Under the 287-G ICE program, cooperating police departments from various states are instructed to cooperate with and report to federal authorities in order to enforce the current immigration law.
- Medical: If you are an undocumented immigrant, then you are ineligible for non-emergency care at hospitals and medical clinics funded in South Carolina.
- Voting ID: In order to vote in Charleston you need a passport, South Carolina driver’s license, a South Carolina voter registration card, or a U.S. military ID.
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