Civil rights groups led by the American Civil Liberties Union filed suit on Wednesday to prevent South Carolina’s new illegal immigration law from taking effect in January. The challengers say the law is unconstitutional because regulating immigration is a function of the federal government. The law requires police officers to check suspects’ immigration status and mandates that all businesses check their hires through a federal online system. The A.C.L.U. has filed similar suits in Alabama, Arizona, Utah, Indiana and Georgia. [Associated Press]
Federal authorities say an indictment charges 12 people with operating a massive immigration fraud mill through a New York City law practice. They say the defendants and their co-conspirators applied for legal status for tens of thousands of illegal immigrants based on bogus claims that U.S. employers had sponsored them taking in millions of dollars in illicit proceeds. 27 people have been charged. [Associated Press] Learn more about how to avoid immigration scams.
Alabama businesses dependent on immigrant labor were closed down on Wednesday as workers took the day off to protest the state’s strict new immigration law. The work stoppage appeared largest in northeast Alabama, the hub of the state’s $2.7 billion poultry industry, but metropolitan areas were also affected. At least a half-dozen chicken processing plants closed or scaled back operations because employees, many of whom are Hispanic, didn’t show up for work or told managers in advance they wanted to join the “sick-out” to show disapproval of the law upheld by a federal judge two weeks ago. [Forbes] Read more about the Nation’s Harshest Immigration Law.