Attorney General Wilson: Statement on Arizona Immigration Decision
Law Enforcement Ability to Check Illegal Status After a Valid Stop Upheld

Columbia, S.C. - June 25, 2012 "Today's ruling from the United States Supreme Court in the Arizona immigration case contains a major victory for law enforcement in South Carolina."

"The most important element of South Carolina's law, the ability of law enforcement to verify a suspected illegal alien's status upon an 'authorized lawful detention,' was found to be Constitutional on its face."

"The fact remains that we need comprehensive legal immigration reform and that the federal government must step up its border patrol or allow states to combat illegal immigration."

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