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Sixteen nations are challenging a controversial new South Carolina immigration law; Mexico, Honduras, and Chile as well as thirteen other countries from Latin America and the Caribbean have asked to join the U.S. Justice Department’s lawsuit against the South Carolina law aimed at curbing undocumented immigrants.

Under the law, police officers would be authorized to contact federal immigration officials if they suspect someone has entered the country illegally.

The sixteen nations argue that the new law would encourage racial profiling and discrimination against their citizens.

The Justice Department is seeking to prevent the law from taking effect in January on the grounds that immigration enforcement is the responsibility of the federal government and states have no jurisdiction.

Source: Homeland Security Newswire

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