S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina has issued notice it plans to appeal a
federal judge's ruling keeping most of the state's tough new
immigration law from going into effect.
Attorney General Alan Wilson said in documents filed last week the
state is appealing the decision to the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of
Last month, U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel said part of the 2011
law allowing police to check the immigration status of people they stop
could take effect during a lawsuit. But he kept in place an injunction
on most other parts of the law.
The federal government and the American Civil Liberties Union sued last
year, challenging the constitutionality of South Carolina's law.
Modeled on similar legislation in Arizona, the law is considered among the toughest in the country.
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