Thursday, September 9, 2010
A town near Charleston will not ban illegal immigrants from living in the community.
Summerville town councilors voted 4-3 to table an ordinance requiring renters to prove they are American citizens or in the country legally, according to the Associated Press. The ordinance would have required a verification form be filed with the town.
Several council members warned that the ordinance could lead to lawsuits that could cost the town millions.
Councilors voted 3 to 3 on tabling the motion. Mayor Berlin Myers cast the deciding vote.
Some 45,000 people live in Summerville.
Councilman Walter Bailey said last month that the idea was prompted in part by the Obama administration's challenge of the new Arizona immigration law.
A federal judge has blocked key aspects of that Arizona law, but Bailey says his Summerville ordinance is different enough to where he doesn't think the judge's ruling applies.