RALEIGH – Conservative personality Michelle Malkin has a new book out, ‘Open Borders Inc.: Who’s Funding America’s Destruction,’ and during an appearance on Fox News promoting the book she drew a connection to North Carolina. Specifically, Malkin suggested former Republican Governor Pat McCrory “shepherded in” driver’s license for illegal aliens.
You might remember this issue from the a few years back in which there was a debate over whether or not DACA recipients and other illegal immigrants should be issued official driver’s licenses. Well, after Malkin’s recent comments, the News & Observer is defending (for lack of a better term) McCrory.
From the N&O:
“[…] Malkin said McCrory “shepherded in driver’s licenses for illegal aliens in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.”
For the most part, her claim isn’t supported by the facts.
North Carolina hasn’t allowed unauthorized immigrants to get driver’s licenses since 2006, when a Democratic governor signed an act requiring driver’s license applicants to provide a valid Social Security Number. We found widely varying estimates on the number of people living in North Carolina illegally who are currently ineligible for driver’s licenses.
Although North Carolina decided to allow DACA recipients to access driver’s licenses during McCrory’s tenure as governor, he said he followed that “reluctantly” and did not support making the larger population of immigrants living here illegally eligible for driver’s licenses.
We rate the claim Mostly False.”
We bet McCrory wishes the Raleigh paper was so interested in facts while he was actually in office.
Read the full ‘Fact Check’ here.