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Federal Judge Upholds South Carolina Immigration Law



A federal judge has upheld a South Carolina law allowing police to check people’s immigration status. But U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel said in a ruling Thursday that he would continue a prohibition keeping other parts of the state’s tough immigration law from becoming effective.

Gergel ruled in December 2011 that South Carolina’s law must be put on hold while the U.S. Supreme Court considered a challenge to similar legislation in Arizona.

But after the U.S. Supreme Court said Arizona could allow officers to check the immigration status of those they pull over for another violation if they are suspected of being in the country illegally, Gergel said he would reconsider his ruling.

The justices tossed out many other portions of the Arizona law.

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