Fed. government sues over S.C. immigration law

The federal government is now suing South Carolina to put a stop to the state's tough new immigration law.

U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles said Monday the government wants a judge to stop enforcement of the legislation.

The law requires that officers call federal immigration officials if they suspect someone is in the country illegally following a traffic stop for something else.

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Nettles said the law is unconstitutional and violates people's right to due process. He says the lawsuit was filed Monday afternoon.

South Carolina's law takes effect Jan. 1 and is among the toughest in the nation.

The U.S. Justice Department is challenging similar laws in Arizona and Alabama.

A spokesman for Attorney General Alan Wilson said the state had not received a copy of the lawsuit.

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