Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich touched on a local issue when speaking at a packed town hall meeting in Charleston, South Carolina Monday night. The GOP hopeful had harsh words for President Obama for allowing the U.S. Department of Justice to sue the state of South Carolina over its immigration law.
“Clearly the Obama administration has been comfortable allowing foreign governments to enter a lawsuit against an American state. So here’s a simple way to think of it: President Obama sided with Mexico, I would side with South Carolina,” Gingrich said.
South Carolina’s law imposes proof of U.S. citizenship for a person caught committing a crime or pulled over in a car by law enforcement. The DOJ says the state’s law will distract law enforcement from other duties as well as result in the harassment and detention of “foreign visitors and legal immigrants, as well as U.S. citizens, who cannot readily prove their lawful status.” The DOJ is allowing foreign countries to join in on the law suit against the state.