Opposition scarce to measure against illegal immigration
Council received only one negative letterHave I mentioned The "Scooby-Doo Dance" lately? (I have a thing for the punky-pop, don't hate me)
Since Beaufort County Councilwoman Starletta Hairston introduced a measure to crack down on illegal immigration last month, the effort has moved forward virtually unopposed.
In contrast, the small towns of Valley Park, Mo., and Hazleton, Pa., have become lightning rods of national attention for similar illegal immigration measures, drawing lawsuits from heavy-hitting national civil rights organizations and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Louis. Beaufort County's and Valley Park's measures are based on Hazleton's Illegal Immigration Relief Act.
All five County Council members who make up the county committee where the measure originated said this week that they had received no negative feedback -- except for a letter from the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund -- about the proposed amendment that would make it tougher for county businesses to hire illegal immigrants. *snip*
Support for the measure, on the other hand, has been overwhelming, with locals consistently speaking against illegal immigration at county functions. State Rep. Richard Chalk, R-Hilton Head Island, commended Hairston on Tuesday for "bulldogging" the issue.
"Every conversation I have -- the natives are getting restless," Hairston told the delegation.
"My computer is smoking," Councilwoman Margaret Griffin said of the flood of e-mails she has received.
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