NC joins other states in resisting federal immigration order

Posted February 7

Sen. Josh Stein, D-Wake

— North Carolina has joined at least 16 other states in opposing President Donald Trump's immigration order that temporarily blocks immigration from seven majority-Muslim countries.

"North Carolina has an interest because America was founded on religious liberty, and this ban violates fundamental norms of religious discrimination," state Attorney General Josh Stein told reporters Tuesday morning. "The ban, frankly, undermines our security by signaling to the world that we somehow think all Muslims are terrorists, when of course that's not the case."

Trump, a Republican, has defended his order saying it is aimed at protecting the United States from terrorism. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is scheduled to hear Tuesday evening the administration's request to overturn a lower court order blocking Trump's action.

"There's been no evidence to show this ban will do anything to enhance security," Stein said.

The administration has insisted that the order is not a ban on Muslims, a stance echoed by Robin Hayes, chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party.

"It’s not at all about religion. It’s all about terrorism, about violence, about extremism," Hayes said. "There are connections in a number of different directions, but this is the issue – protecting our citizens, protecting them from harm, from terrorism – (that has) nothing to do with religion."

Critics, including Stein, say that the travel ban clearly is aimed at the religious group.

"Both within the writing of the order itself – it gives favor to non-Muslims – and all you have to do is look at what the president has said over the past few months, calling it a Muslim ban, to know the intent behind this ban was to do a racially discriminatory executive order," Stein said.


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  • Carrie Hurrelbrink Feb 7, 10:15 p.m.
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    Only the ones with their heads in the sand believe that it's a religious ban. It's a ban on terrorists! We need it until better vetting can occur. The next time they have another terrorist attack on American soil the ones who are against this ban can only blame themselves!

  • Charles Williams Feb 7, 10:01 p.m.
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    Christians are not strapping C4 to themselves and allah ahkbar'ing everyone in their presence.

  • Charles Williams Feb 7, 9:58 p.m.
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    I'm all for keeping muslims out. They don't belong in civilized society. They come here, set up shop in poor black neighborhoods and treat the inhabitants poorly. Not all Muslim's are terrorists? They just haven't committed a terrorist act, yet. Those that don't, are not doing anything publicly to condemn them. Refugees should not include military aged men. They should be fighting for their homeland instead of running like cowards. While we're at it, get rid of the illegal Mexicans. They're a drain on our resources. If they're so proud of Mexico, why come here? We have laws here, follow them or leave. Their very presence is a crime.

  • Joey Cuddington Feb 7, 9:44 p.m.
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    I guess "all" Muslims are not terrorist - but a stupidly high percentage of "all" terrorists ARE Muslim.... I can't tell the passive ones from the violent ones!

  • John Smith Feb 7, 9:32 p.m.
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    Thank You, Sir. I just read this somewhere else and was coming here to post that very section of the code.

  • Craig Elliott Feb 7, 8:24 p.m.
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    "North Carolina has joined at least 16 other states in opposing President Donald Trump's immigration order".

    What is the nature of this opposition? Did they file suit or just stamp their feet in the name of the citizens of NC?

  • Danny McPhail Feb 7, 6:02 p.m.
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    For the life of me, I cannot figure out why Americans are so against trying to keep out folks that don't need to be here until we find out who they are ! I'll betcha every one of these protesters lock their doors to their homes and vehicles every day.

  • Ronald Woodard Feb 7, 4:47 p.m.
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    The racist comments by Jason are disturbing. Because a miniscule amount of 320 million citizens have committed terrorist-like acts in the USA, most of whom were mentally ill, has nothing to do with protecting our nation from certain foreign countries in which the FBI has stated we cannot properly vett said persons. Again, the temporary ban is prudent and Constitutional as noted down below.

  • Tim Orr Feb 7, 4:37 p.m.
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    Why don't you report that the list was created by a DEMOCRAT that was in office before Trump? And that is not a ban against Muslims? How about both sides of a story?

  • Jason Merrill Feb 7, 3:48 p.m.
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    You mean like trying to ban private ownership of an AR-15 because of the actions of a few that happened to use one while committing their acts of terror? Terrorist acts carried out by immigrants and/or radical Islam extremists - Boston Marathon bombing, San Bernardino shooting, Ft. Hood shooting, 9/11 attacks, Pulse nightclub shooting. Sure Timothy McVey, and the nut job kids in Connecticut and Charleston committed atrocious heinous terrorist acts, but they do not have near the body count of the aforementioned attacks committed by someone other than "radical white guys" and this travel HOLD is not a blanket ban against Muslim immigrants, only from proven current hotbeds of anti-American rhetoric where it is logical that terrorists would spring from most readily. Pointing this out is not paranoia, but fact.
    Paranoia is from the people that sing the praises of HB2 when there is no evidence to support their position, not one documented case.