State lawmakers held out hope last year that their counterparts in Washington would pass tougher illegal immigration laws. Since that didn't happen, South Carolina plans to take its own steps this year.
Hayes: The state should do as much as it can to curb illegal immigration, but it's primarily a federal issue, he says.
"What you don't want to do is have weaker laws than other states so you don't become sort of a haven," he said.
A bill passed the Senate last year that would restrict the hiring of illegal immigrants, enhance state law enforcement authority and require legal status for enrollment in state assistance programs.
Kirsh: Kirsh would support placing increased responsibility on employers to make sure they're not hiring illegal immigrants. He said it's important for the House to move on the issue this year. The Republican caucus introduced its reform plan Monday.
"I think we're going to pass something this year, and I'm going to support it if it's reasonable," he said.
-- Jessica Schonberg