South Carolina, New York State consider refugee registries
COLUMBIA - While Republican front-runner Donald Trump continues to make waves nationally for his comments about banning Muslims from traveling to the country, conservative state senators in two states are proposing that all refugees register with the government.
Registration bills are being proposed in both New York state and South Carolina.
The measure being proposed in South Carolina would allow the sponsor of a refugee to be liable if he or she commits an act of terrorism.
Opponents say the measures are out of character for states known for welcoming others. Council on American-Islamic Relations spokesman Ibrahim Hooper says the South Carolina bill is likely unconstitutional and certainly un-American.
But South Carolina State Sen. Kevin Bryant, one of the bill's sponsors, says it is up to the courts to decide the legality of the bill.
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