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SC ordered to pay $98K in fees in immigration suit

COLUMBIA (AP) — South Carolina has been ordered to pay legal fees to a group that sued the state over its immigration law.

U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel on Monday ordered the state to pay $98,000 in attorneys’ fees to groups including the American Civil Liberties Union.

Those entities sued after the General Assembly approved the sweeping legislation, which was modeled after similar measures in Arizona and among the stiffest in the country. The lawsuit said parts of the South Carolina law, like a provision allowing police to check people’s immigration status, were unconstitutional.

Gergel ultimately said the state’s status check provision could take effect but he blocked most other parts of the law. State prosecutors have acknowledged their defense of some of those elements likely would not succeed.

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