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50 to become U.S. citizens in Middleton Place ceremony

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By Tessa Spencer

CHARLESTON, S. C. (WCIV)- While the immigration reform battle continues, 50 new United States citizens will take the oath of allegiance this morning at historic Middleton Place.

The joyous occasion won't be overshadowed by yesterday's U.S. Supreme Court ruling that upheld a portion of Arizona's immigration reform law.

The court ruled that local Arizona authorities have the right to check the immigration status of someone suspected of being in the country illegally when stopped for another violation.

States like Georgia, Alabama, Indiana, Utah and South Carolina all have laws similar to Arizona's.

Two of SC's leaders spoke out immediately following the news on the ruling.

Attorney General Alan Wilson released the following statement:

"Today's ruling from the United States Supreme Court in the Arizona immigration case contains a major victory for law enforcement in South Carolina. The most important element of South Carolina's law, the ability of law enforcement to verify a suspected illegal alien's status upon an 'authorized lawful detention,' was found to be constitutional on its face."

Governor Nikki Haley also released a statement in which she said, in part,"In South Carolina, we passed illegal immigration reform that told the rest of the country that we're a tolerant state but also a law-abiding state. That's what this has been about for us- the rule of law- nothing more, nothing less."

Governor Haley, who was supposed to deliver's today's keynote address at the naturalization ceremony in Charleston, now will not be attending due to a scheduling conflict.

She will, instead, hold a press conference in Columbia at 9:30 a. m. to talk about the state's spending plan.

The naturalization ceremony begins at 10 a. m. at Middleton Place. Admission is free with paid park admission.



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