QUESTION: South Carolina’s 2008 immigration reform act gives SLED the authority to reach an agreement with the federal government for the enforcement of federal immigration laws. But SLED’s director has said such enforcement would cost millions of dollars in training and would require the state to build a new facility to detain illegal immigrants, an additional cost. Should South Carolina spend the money for immigration enforcement?
|Nikki Haley, Lexington, Republican||Morgan Reeves, Irmo, Green and United Citizens parties||Vincent Sheheen, Camden, Democrat|
|ANSWER: SLED Director Reggie Lloyd is correct, but his mission is continually hampered by liberals like Vince Sheheen - who, when given the chance to support fully funding law enforcement’s illegal immigration efforts instead of Barack Obama’s stimulus, voted for the president’s spending disaster. This is why current law is not working and why we need an Arizona-style immigration law that empowers frontline police officers to enforce immigration laws on the spot. Director Lloyd has also said that one of the biggest problems he faces are the drug cartels coming illegally from Mexico, to Atlanta, and then to South Carolina. This is very much a state issue, one that exists because the federal government has failed to secure our borders, and as governor I will do everything in my power to keep our citizens safe.||ANSWER: No. Any young talent coming from Mexico, Canada, Europe, Africa or wherever they may be are welcome in South Carolina, but they have to legally sign up. If any money is spent tackling the issue of illegal immigration it should be put towards helping immigrants gain citizenship, rather than imprisoning them. We can provide education to help these people become legal members of society. I will be an all-American governor and show good hospitality.||ANSWER: I supported our reform, which is one of the toughest anti-illegal immigration laws in the country. The law contains two enforcement components to crack down on illegal immigration. The Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, which investigates complaints and conducts audits of all South Carolina employers to assure they don’t hire illegal immigrants, has already audited thousands of businesses, and its responsibilities under the law are fully funded. SLED is charged with criminal enforcement, but budget cuts have forced them to cut back. I believe SLED must be first funded to focus on violent crimes and then fully fund immigration enforcement.|
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