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Immigration bill vetoed by McCrory

Posted August 15, 2013

— Gov. Pat McCrory kept his veto stamp warm Thursday, rejecting an immigration-related bill shortly after one on drug testing for welfare applicants.

Lawmakers turned most of House Bill 786, called the RECLAIM NC Act, into a study of the impact on the state if restricted driver's permits were issued to people who are in the U.S. illegally and if law enforcement were allowed to verify people's immigration status.

Part of the bill, however, would have loosened the requirements for employers using the E-Verify system to electronically check the immigration status of an employee. Under current law, seasonal workers hired for 90 days or less don't have to be checked through the system, but the bill would have expanded that exemption to anyone hired for up to nine months.

McCrory said that would make it easier for businesses in many industries to circumvent federal immigration law, which could allow more illegal immigrants to be hired in North Carolina industries.

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"It has a huge loophole for probably up to 30 percent of our businesses in North Carolina to not use e-verification, which tells whether you’re hiring illegal immigrants for the jobs," he said. "I want to save North Carolina jobs for citizens of North Carolina, especially us being the fifth-highest unemployment rate in the country."

He recommended that the entire bill be studied, including the definition of a seasonal worker. No funds were provided to conduct any studies called for in the bill, which he also criticized as fiscally irresponsible.

House Speaker Thom Tillis said he was consulting with other Republican lawmakers on a possible override of the veto.

“The primary objective of the bill is to address immigration procedures and policies that Washington has neglected for years, causing serious problems for employers and job creators in North Carolina," Tillis said in a statement. "The regulatory burden and complexity caused by federal inaction requires us to consider stop-gap measures while we wait for politicians in D.C. to take action."

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  • junkmail5 Aug 16, 2:33 p.m.

    LOL. More "NO!" from him.

    Why not draft legislation that would allow them to be here legally, with restrictions, for up to 90 days and call it a day?

    Nothing.

    Mon Account

    Perhaps you're unfamiliar with how government works?

    It's not the governors job to write laws.

    It's his job to sign or veto them. Which he did.

    It's the general assemblys job to write laws.

    A veto is a way of telling them to do a better job next time.

    You appear to also be unfamilar with immigration law. That's a federal issue.

    The STATE government -can't- write a law that "would allow them to be here legally" for ANY number of days in violation of that federal law.

  • Mon Account Aug 16, 1:18 p.m.

    LOL. More "NO!" from him.

    Why not draft legislation that would allow them to be here legally, with restrictions, for up to 90 days and call it a day?

    What's his alternative plan?

    Nothing.

  • twatts1000 Aug 16, 11:29 a.m.

    "They don't care to learn the American way - read, write and talk, so as to be legalized, when they can have it all free now ! Mr Tillis is concerned, cause he probably is 1 of those employers who hires them."

    The irony is magnificent...

  • Rebelyell55 Aug 16, 11:27 a.m.

    As for as the state goes, they contract out a lot of work, which is good for some business, but it allow them to do the work, using illegal. So E verify is only so good for some business.

  • Six String Aug 16, 10:41 a.m.

    "House Speaker Thom Tillis said he was consulting with other Republican lawmakers on a possible override of the veto."

    More evidence we don't need a governor from either party. No checks and balances needed when you have a virtual monarchy.

  • senex Aug 16, 9:33 a.m.

    The criminals are the ones who passed the lottery illegally.

    The criminals are the ones who changed voting districts so that 52% of the people got less than 20% of the representation.

    The criminals are the ones stacking boards with no representation from the people, only industry.

    The criminals are the ones who passed fracking by a mistaken vote, thwarting the will of the people with a bogus vote.

    The criminals are NOT the ones who come here, pick your produce, dress your turkeys, cut your Xmas trees, work hard, go to church, pay taxes, and try to make a better live for their children.

    THAT is called "America" and it's under assault by this rogue government. Just look nationally, NC is going backwards faster than any other state.

  • 99percenters Aug 16, 8:46 a.m.

    They are not ENFORCING the laws, and any time a State tries to take an action to address some of the problem the crooked U.S. AG attacks them.

    whatelseisnew

    one, this administration has deported more than any other combined.....but you knew that...

    Second, ever since Reagan, No one and I mean No one ever has prosecuted the Employers, to many loopholes, not enough investigators,

    and lastly, when States over step their legal authority, next is anarchy.... you can't just whip up crazy laws like AZ. then what separates you from Nazi Germany at the height of WWII?

  • 99percenters Aug 16, 8:41 a.m.

    good because we don't need to reward felons with amnesty

    bettyboopr2

    It's a Federal Misdemeanor, unless your referring to the Business owners who knowingly hire undocumented workers, then Yes, that is a felony and should be prosecuted

  • bettyboopr2 Aug 15, 7:08 p.m.

    good because we don't need to reward felons with amnesty

  • tuckerbrian54 Aug 15, 5:49 p.m.

    "Then legalize them so they'll be paying."

    Well, who's stopping them ? They don't care to learn the American way - read, write and talk, so as to be legalized, when they can have it all free now ! Mr Tillis is concerned, cause he probably is 1 of those employers who hires them.

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