The civil rights coalition that challenged South Carolina’s anti-immigrant law, Act 69 (also known as SB 20), has reached an agreement with the state that permanently blocks key provisions and provides strict limits on the “racial profiling” provisions of the law.
“The state has finally agreed to put to rest the most divisive provisions of South Carolina’s anti-immigrant law, which would have given local officials carte blanche to criminalize the lives of immigrants and those who interact with them. Constitutional rights apply to all, and no one is required to answer any question by state or local officials about their immigration status.”” said Andre Segura, attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union Immigrants’ Rights Project.
THE FINAL JUDGMENT issued 3-4-2014 (pdf)
The ACLU of SC advocates and lobbies for comprehensive immigration reform that includes a pathway to citizenship.
On January 8, the US Departments of Education and Justice released a groundbreaking guidance on school discipline, explaining that, under federal civil rights laws, public schools must eliminate racially discriminatory discipline in all its forms.
The ACLU of South Carolina welcomes this new guidance, as the discriminatory impact of discipline policies in our state, which fall hardest on children of color, has been well documented for some time. We call on South Carolina educators and officials to work to end the discriminatory discipline policies that exist in our schools -- including zero tolerance laws like “disturbing schools” and corporal punishment.