South Carolina wants to keep sanctuary cities out of the state


ROCK HILL, SC (FOX 46 WJZY) — South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster says he wants to keep sanctuary cities out of the Palmetto State.

The governor announced legislation Thursday that would cut state funding for sanctuary cities, a move that has some residents on edge.

Monica Ruvalcaba is a mother of three and a business owner in Rock Hill. She came to the United States from Mexico with her parents when she was 2-years-old. Ruvalcaba is protected under DACA, but if the program should go away her safety net would be gone.

“I’ve been here since I was two, I don’t know anything outside the U.S.,” she told FOX 46. “We pay taxes as a business company, we pay taxes because we work. I don’t know what else we can do for the governor to start paying attention.”

The bill would also require each city to go through a certification process each year to make sure it’s following and enforcing the law.

“When they man an arrest, when they have someone in custody and charged with a criminal offense, they must make reasonable efforts to determine if that person is an illegal alien. That information is to be provided to the federal authorities,” Gov. McMaster said during a press conference Thursday.

The mother of three and business owner of 13 years has one thing to say to the governor.

“Just consider families and our pain.”

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