NCFIRE: NC General Assembly Sandbagging Important Immigration Legislation

RALEIGH – North Carolinians For Immigration Reform and Enforcement (NCFIRE) is sounding the alarm over state lawmakers’ inaction on multiple immigration enforcement bills to help reestablish the rule of law when it comes to illegal immigration. Three bills in particular are currently sitting on the back burner after already passing in both chambers.

From NCFIRE President James Johnson:

“[…] They have passed both chambers and all they need is a simple “concurrence” vote. (That means they agree to the minor changes made to the bill by the other chamber). It is merely a procedural vote that takes about 2 minutes and yet it has still NOT HAPPENED.

Once done, these bills would go to the Governor for his signature or veto.

This is the closest we have come to REAL immigration enforcement in NC and it would be a tremendous waste if these bills fail to pass.

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Below are the bills with links to their language AND links to the members of the committees where these bills are stalled. Please contact them and tell them, you want to hold the Governor’s feet to the fire by passing these bills!

1) HB135- Enjoin Sanctuary Ordinances– Would give “teeth” to No Sanctuary City law enacted previously
It currently sits in the Rules and Operations of the Senate
2SB250- Records of Excusals for Jury Duty– Would require the courts to provide a list of everyone who is excused from jury duty because of being a non-citizen, to the State Board of Elections, to ensure they are not registered to vote
It currently sits in the Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House
3) HB370- Require Cooperation with ICE Detainers– Requires ALL NC law enforcement to cooperate with ICE 
It also currently sits in the Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House

House Rules Committee members
(click on their name for the contact info)

Senate Rules Committee members
(click on their name for the contact info)

If our Republican majority is serious about illegal immigration and the rule of law, shouldn’t they go about completing the concurrence process to give final passage to these bills? It would seem a good use of time while they wait for Governor Roy Cooper to fold on his Medicaid-or-Nothing budget demands.

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