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4460Type of Legislation: General Bill GBIntroducing Body: HouseIntroduced Date: 20020108Primary Sponsor: TownsendAll Sponsors: Townsend, Walker, Wilkins, Martin, W.D. Smith, Stille and WhiteDrafted Document Number: l:\council\bills\pt\1695sd02.docResiding Body: HouseCurrent Committee: Judiciary Committee 25 HJSubject: Non-U.S. citizens from countries that sponsor international terrorism must possess nonimmigrant visas in order to attend institutions of higher learningHistory Body Date Action Description Com Leg Involved ______ ________ ______________________________________ _______ ____________ House 20020108 Introduced, read first time, 25 HJ referred to Committee Versions of This Bill
TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 59-101-215 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT IF A PERSON IS NOT A CITIZEN OF THE UNITED STATES AND IS FROM A COUNTRY THAT IS A STATE SPONSOR OF INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM AS DETERMINED BY THE UNITED STATES SECRETARY OF STATE IN CONSULTATION WITH THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY GENERAL UNDER APPLICABLE PROVISIONS OF FEDERAL LAW, HE MAY ONLY ATTEND A PRIVATE OR PUBLIC INSTITUTION OF HIGHER LEARNING OF THIS STATE IF HE POSSESSES A NONIMMIGRANT VISA ISSUED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE AFTER THE DEPARTMENT HAS DETERMINED THAT HE DOES NOT POSE A THREAT TO THE SAFETY OR NATIONAL SECURITY OF THE UNITED STATES, AND TO PROVIDE THAT THE ABOVE PROVISIONS ARE CONTINGENT ON THE ENACTMENT OF FEDERAL LEGISLATION WHICH REQUIRES THE UNITED STATES SECRETARY OF STATE IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY GENERAL THROUGH THE IMMIGRATION PROCESS TO RESTRICT THE ADMISSIBILITY INTO THIS COUNTRY OF NONIMMIGRANTS FROM COUNTRIES THAT ARE STATE SPONSORS OF INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. The 1976 Code is amended by adding:
"Section 59-101-215. If a person is not a citizen of the United States and is from a country that is a state sponsor of international terrorism as determined by the United States Secretary of State in consultation with the United States Attorney General under applicable provisions of federal law, he may only attend a private or public institution of higher learning of this State if he possesses a nonimmigrant visa issued by the Department of State after the department has determined that he does not pose a threat to the safety or national security of the United States according to standards developed by the Secretary of State.
Compliance with the provisions of this section is the responsibility of each institution of higher learning."
SECTION 2. The provisions of Section 59-101-215 are contingent on the enactment of federal legislation which requires the United States Secretary of State in conjunction with the United States Attorney General through the immigration process to restrict the admissibility into this country of nonimmigrants from countries that are state sponsors of international terrorism.
SECTION 3. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
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