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Immigrant defense groups see as irrelevant and costly the activation of the South Carolina Immigration Enforcement Unit, which will not be allowed to question the legal status of detainees, although it will be able to pursue criminals. South Carolina's SB 20, one of the harshest anti-immigrant laws in the nation, set forth the establishment of the country's first state-level immigration enforcement unit. The state had to negotiate an agreement with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for at least 12 agents to receive training in Program 287(g) and be put out on the streets to seek foreign criminals.



New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg called for the inclusion of immigration reform in the presidential debate as one of the most important subjects affecting economic growth in the United States. In the first of two business forums in Chicago and Boston, Bloomberg defended the role of immigrants as essential. “There is no way to help the economy as quickly and as cost-free as opening the borders to create jobs and create business,” the billionaire mayor told a meeting of the Economic Club of Chicago.