When state Sen. Glenn McConnell called for a national constitutional convention to deal with illegal immigration in October, many considered the Charleston Republican’s proposal a publicity stunt, politically impossible and laughable at best. Last week, when Rep. Leon Stavrinakis promoted legislation by which South Carolina could effectively sue the federal government for the estimated $186 million that illegal immigration costs this state annually, legal experts wondered if the Charleston Democrat’s proposal was more symbolic than serious, predicting that the Palmetto State would never see one dime in reimbursement.

But when it comes to this issue, both McConnell and Stavrinakis are two of the most sound and sensible men in the Statehouse.



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