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Legislative panel calls for measured approach to NC immigration

Posted December 6, 2012

— A legislative committee set up to examine what North Carolina can do to crack down on illegal immigration on Thursday recommended more study of what lawmakers acknowledge is a complex problem.

The House Select Committee on the State's Role in Immigration Policy expressed dismay at federal inaction to curb illegal immigration but called only for more study of the issue at the state level – not any new legislation.

The panel also recommended that the General Assembly pass resolutions when it reconvenes next month urging the federal government to beef up border security and to give states more authority to deal with their individual immigration problems.

The Pew Hispanic Center estimates North Carolina ranks ninth in population among the states with what it calls 325,000 unauthorized immigrants, defined as foreign-born citizens of other countries who aren't legal immigrants.

The House committee has met several times over the past year, hearing from farmers, educators, social service groups and illegal immigrants themselves about the impact of illegal immigration on the state.

"North Carolina has derived strength and prosperity from legal immigration, and ... legal immigrants continue to make vital contributions to the state," the committee said in its final report, which was forwarded to the full General Assembly.

"There is strong need for state-level legislation that acknowledges the impact of immigration upon the agriculture, construction, hospitality, information technology and science-based industries in North Carolina," the report states. "Any such legislation must be able to be administered effectively, have reasonable financial costs, be enforceable and be tailored specifically to meet the state's economic and employment needs."

Anti-immigration activists were hoping the panel would endorse strict new state laws, like those in Arizona and Alabama. But many of those laws have been tied up in court.

"I think that the decisions and the rhetoric we've heard nationally this past summer and fall have not been helpful, and I think we've learned a lot about the state's role," said Rep. Frank Iler, R-Brunswick. "This is the conclusion we've reached, being very broad and general."

Iler said individual lawmakers are free to file their own immigration bills next year, but House Speaker Thom Tillis said the legislature should take a cautious approach.

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  • NiceNSmooth Dec 7, 2012

    They'll own those other business soon enough. As someone who loves history, I've said before, it's too late. It'll be remembered at the invasion of the 20th century in our history books. The only thing we can do now is embrace it and minimize the negative effects.

    lol been saying this for years!!! Cant wait until some of these bigoted poster will have to call them boss one day!!!

  • NiceNSmooth Dec 7, 2012

    I was turned down for 2 jobs because I could not speak spanish! what a crock!!!

    lol..sounds like you didnt keep yourself marketable in your field... but its everyone elses fault but yours... Take some responsibility for yourself and stop playing the race card everytime the world was not handed to you

  • wolfpackfan0660 Dec 6, 2012

    I was turned down for 2 jobs because I could not speak spanish! what a crock!!! Remember the days when teenagers could get a summer job? Not anymore!! Illegals have all of those jobs now! I am so sick of hearing them whine and cry about their rights, what about the rights of all the tax paying, law abiding, legally born residents of our country? an illegal stole my 14 year olds identity and of course the law couldn"t find them. Her credit was messed up before she had a chance cause of him!! I have had to go through so much red tape to try and get it fixed for her it is crazy!! I was told they buy social security numbers so they can work. Of course there are no checks and balances in place to make sure the person is the person with the number.
    I am so fed up! It makes me so mad every time i have to think about it!!! i know someone will have something smart to say so before you do, I DON'T CARE! you go through what i have, you would probably say alot more than I just did!!

  • Rebelyell55 Dec 6, 2012

    I do find this amusing, they're catering to the ones in their party base who wants something done, since the use of illegals put their business at risk or they're blamed for them not being able to get a job. But, they also but cater to the business who use them for a competives advantage. There for they'll not do anything but show lip service. Corp. America so far loves them, because they're cheap, don't complain (Yet), and leads to higher profits for the companies. But, in the long run, the tune will change, they'll have control of those very same business. Look at what many have done so far in lawn care, construction, landscaping, food service, etc. They'll own those other business soon enough. As someone who loves history, I've said before, it's too late. It'll be remembered at the invasion of the 20th century in our history books. The only thing we can do now is embrace it and minimize the negative effects.

  • paultaylorsr100 Dec 6, 2012

    "Wingers seem to think that all Hispanics are illegal, and that Hispanic culture is somehow "un-American" . . . ."
    This really shows ignorance and bias.

  • paultaylorsr100 Dec 6, 2012

    " . . . a complex problem." WHAT!!!! If I break the law will they call my actions a "complex problem" before I or you get arrested?!! This is nonsense.

  • lessismore Dec 6, 2012

    Impossible to control illegal immigration with Obama defending their right to be here.

  • geosol Dec 6, 2012

    When you read the comments from the right wingers here, you understand the huge problem that the REPUBLICAN party is facing in the future. It's their own BASE! As long as REPUBLICANS continue to publicly make statements like the ones here, Hispanics will NEVER support them politically. Wingers seem to think that all Hispanics are illegal, and that Hispanic culture is somehow "un-American", according to them. Sorry, but the right wingers will be getting exactly what they deserve.

  • Frogm3n Dec 6, 2012

    Illegal is Illegal....Send them home....

    MERY CHRISTMAS TO ALL!!

  • storchheim Dec 6, 2012

    "Enough is Enough - I agree with you on everything except the schooling for the kids. It's not the kids fault their parents are law breakers." Blue BoxingGloves

    True, it's not. But it never will be. Besides, it "hurts" the greedy, grasping parent(s) by refusing their gimme much more than it hurts a child to be out of school for a month while they go back to their homeland. Let them work to come here legally.

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