The governor of North Carolina just made a huge move against illegal immigrants and it’s making liberal heads spin.
GREENSBORO, N.C. — Gov. Pat McCrory on Wednesday signed into law a measure that prohibits any North Carolina county or municipality from restricting local law enforcement’s ability to cooperate 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.
Latino advocates had lobbied McCrory intensely in recent weeks, urging him to veto the legislation. Not only did he ignore their pleas, he signed the bill in front of members of his Advisory Council on Hispanic and Latino Affairs in a city that had expressed opposition to the proposal.
“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 said at the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office. “We’re going to enforce the law and help our law enforcement officers protect our citizens.”
Several North Carolina municipalities, including Durham, Chapel Hill and Carrboro, have so-called “sanctuary city” policies that instruct law enforcement and other officials not to ask the immigration status of people with whom they come into contact or even ignore deportation orders in some cases.
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