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Debate heats up over SC's new immigration law

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As Latin tunes soothed listeners, a conversation about a new state immigration law also lit up the lines.

"Some people, they don't really understand what's going on with the law," Roger Martinez, a radio host with WOLI 103.9 FM said.

Listeners tuned in to get information.

"How will they enforce the law and how the community will be affected," Martinez said.

It's the only Hispanic radio station in the Upstate and to help those in the community understand what's going on. Wilfredo Leon, the publisher of the "Latino Newspaper," was a guest speaker Monday afternoon.

"The immigration system is broken, but the solution is not necessarily to criminalize the situation," he said.

After Governor Nikki Haley made it official Monday, a group gathered inside the state house in protest. They said the new law legalizes racial profiling.

"If it's going to be used on how I sound, do I have an accent, do I look this way or that way," Leon said.

The new law allows police to check the immigration status of a person who is stopped or arrested after another violation.

"We have a very specific prohibition on racial profiling and as you well know law enforcement officers are required to document their reasons for making a lawful stop," said Senator Larry Martin out of Pickens County. "Federal immigration agencies can not have boots on the ground. Immigration enforcement officers in every community and we know this is a pervasive problem."

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