North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory signed a bill into law this week making it illegal for cities to become sanctuaries for illegal immigrants, by prohibiting them from restricting law enforcement from cooperating with federal immigration officials.
House Bill 318, dubbed the Protect North Carolina Workers Act, also requires state and local government agencies to use the E-Verify system to check the legal status of job applicants and contractors, bars government agencies or law enforcement from using consular or embassy documents to verify someone’s identity or residence and limits food assistance for able-bodied, childless adults who are unemployed.
“Each individual arriving here in a legal manner, following our laws, in search of a better life is a blessing to our state and to our country. We want to continue that strength of our great country, but in doing so, we must follow the law and not tie the hands of the men and women behind me,” McCrory, a Republican, said at the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office. “We’re going to enforce the law and help our law enforcement officers protect our citizens.”
The North Carolina cities of Durham, Chapel Hill and Carrboro have declared sanctuary status for immigrants who have arrived here illegally, or have overstayed their visas.
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Not everyone was thrilled with the announcement, however. Unions and immigrant rights groups lobbied long and hard to urge McCrory to veto the bill, and demonstrations were held outside the governor’s mansion in Raleigh.
Solidarity from #FightFor15 w/immigrants, unemployed working people hurt by @PatMcCroryNC‘s spiteful #HB318 pic.twitter.com/cLuGlsW79l
— NC State AFL-CIO (@NCStateAFLCIO) October 29, 2015
The fact that unions didn’t support the bill surprised some, while others saw it as business as usual.
@NCStateAFLCIO @PatMcCroryNC When did Unions start ditching their members for cheap illegal workers? — Browncoat Panda (@MarkAWebster1) October 30, 2015
As usual Unions undercut the workers they supposedly represent by supporting low wage ILLEGAL aliens! @NCStateAFLCIO @PatMcCroryNC
— Joe (@JoeC1776) October 30, 2015
Hundreds outside Governor’s mansion in Raleigh protesting anti immigrant #HB318 chanting “We are North Carolina” pic.twitter.com/Ow4BH6VzmF — زينة | Zaina (@diasporadical_z) October 29, 2015
“We are North Carolina”? Others weren’t so sure.
@diasporadical_z They aren’t even Americans, much less NC.
— James Dye (@thevoice325d) October 30, 2015
@diasporadical_z no, they are morons who are for breaking laws — Juanita Estrada (@Juanita_Estrada) October 30, 2015
A view from the air.
View from #Chopper11HD of the #HB318 (immigration bill) protest in Raleigh https://t.co/2DR0h8ap1c pic.twitter.com/Klk8KJFDHb
— ABC11 EyewitnessNews (@ABC11_WTVD) October 29, 2015
The issue of sanctuary jurisdictions burst into the national consciousness on July 1 when Kate Steinle, 32, died in her father’s arms after being shot by Francisco Sanchez, a felon and illegal immigrant who’d been deported to his native Mexico five times.
The shooting occurred on a tourist pier in San Francisco, a sanctuary city.
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