RALEIGH – Last week marked one year since then-Rep. Chris Millis (R-Pender) called for N.C. Secretary of State Elaine Marshall to resign, or risk impeachment. Despite approving a select committee to investigate the Democrat for unlawfully conferring state powers upon illegal aliens, not a finger has been lifted by leadership to actually hold the hearings and hold her accountable.
The Democrat serving as Secretary of State for nearly two decades at that point had overseen the granting of state licenses, such as Notary Public certifications, to illegal aliens. It wasn’t a mere mistake, either. Marshall’s regime at the Secretary of State’s office had a policy, contrary to state and federal law, to grant those illegal aliens with DACA protections with powers than enabled them to certify property transactions, legal documents, and even absentee voting ballots.
Millis was spurred into action after reading a story by this author detailing the practice and Marshall’s flimsy excuse that the Supreme Court had ruled you did not have to be a citizens to be awarded state licenses. That’s true, but you do have to be a legal permanent resident. DACA recipients are specifically designated not having legal status.
So Millis started digging, and found that Marshall’s office had indeed certified illegal aliens as notaries, even going so far as to grant the license to an illegal alien with active deportation orders from the federal government.
In June of 2017, Millis was successful in driving the passage of a resolution to form a select committee to investigate Marshall for possible impeachment due to her illegally conferring state powers on those not eligible.
Said Millis at the time: ”There is clear and convincing evidence of this wrongful action by the secretary. The evidence shows that Secretary Marshall has ignored the rule of law, usurped legislative authority, and engaged in conduct that can only undermine the public trust in government and cast doubt on the fraud deterrent role of the ministerial office of a notary public.”
But ever since the vote to form the select committee, not a single action has been taken to actually assign the committee to perform an actual investigation. The Establishment leaders on Jones Street have apparently decided holding Marshall accountable was not worth their time, with Marshall herself indicating to press that she had received assurances that Speaker Tim Moore had no interest in pursuing the action.
We reached out to Millis, who has since left the legislature to spend more time with his family and on his career as a civil engineer, to get his perspective on the lack of action.
“While state and federal authorities have yet to take any further public action to my knowledge, the evidence still stands. Evidence that clearly conveys that the Secretary of State granted the public benefit of a notary to unauthorized aliens, breaking both state and federal law..
It is my view that the citizens of this state deserve the law to be upheld and for it to be enforced by the proper authorities, including the check to the executive branch held by the N.C. legislature. If the proper consequence of defying state and federal law is not brought forth it will be a gross failure of government.”
A failure of government, indeed. In the mean time, evidence has surfaced that illegal aliens have been granted teaching license by the State Board of Education and insurance licenses by the N.C. Department of Insurance.
With illegal immigration being such a front and center topic over the last two years, with no signs of abating, how do the Republican leaders on Jones Street justify allowing such legal violations to be made by state agencies right under their nose?
This is why people have remarkably low trust in politicians and government. Why should they, when elected officials clearly breaking laws face no consequences from those tasked with providing the constitutional checks to executive authority?