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NAACP, Latino organizations stand together in solidarity at Raleigh service

Posted December 13, 2015

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— Members of the NAACP partnered with several Latino organizations Sunday night in Raleigh for a truth and unity service in solidarity with the immigrant community.

In a service held at the Fountain of Raleigh Fellowship, dozens discussed House Bill 318 and the struggles of Latino immigrants.

"Now, as immigrants we feel like we are not welcome anymore here in the states," said Martha Hernandez, who came to the U.S. from Mexico more than 25 years ago.

Hernandez said she attended the service because she is fearful for her future in North Carolina.

In October, Gov. Pat McCrory 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.

NAACP President Rev. William Barber said he denounces the bill.

"We will not allow fear based manipulation to go unchallenged," he said.

Barber and others in attendance brought up past struggles of African American and compared that to the current issues facing refugees and immigrants today.

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  • Rhonda Arthur Dec 14, 2015
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    Immigrants-legally here- are welcome. It's the illegals that ignore our laws that aren't welcome.

  • Sean Creasy Dec 14, 2015
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    "Now, as immigrants we feel like we are not welcome anymore here in the states," said Martha Hernandez, who came to the U.S. from Mexico more than 25 years ago.
    Read more at http://www.wral.com/naacp-latino-organizations-stand-together-in-solidarity-at-raleigh-service-/15175835/#eROrQ8oG7ZqLksQ5.99... It isn't Immigrants people are against it is ILLEGAL ALIENS... immigrants are welcome with open arms. They followed the proper rules and laws to come to our country and deserve the benefits they receive while illegal aliens crawled through the proverbial back window which shows total disregard for our laws and now that they are here feel they are somehow "entitled" to those same benefits... In reality the only thing they are "entitled" to is a free meal and a bus ride back across the boarder...

  • Dean Morron Dec 14, 2015
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    If the Latinos at the meeting are in the US legally then they have nothing to worry about, but I'm sensing they are illegals.