New law doesn't stop Wake deputies from accepting woman's consular card

Posted October 30, 2015

— One of the six people arrested Thursday outside the governor's mansion during a protest of a new state law affecting undocumented immigrants gave Wake County authorities her Mexican consular card despite a provision in the law that says such forms of identification are no longer valid in North Carolina.

House Bill 318, dubbed the Protect North Carolina Workers Act, also prohibits any North Carolina county or municipality from restricting local law enforcement's ability to cooperate with federal immigration officials, requires state and local government agencies to use the E-Verify system to check the legal status of job applicants and contractors and limits food assistance for able-bodied, childless adults who are unemployed.

Upset that Gov. Pat McCrory ignored their pleas to veto the bill in recent weeks and signed it into law on Wednesday, more than 100 people protested outside the Executive Mansion, and six people chained themselves together in the middle of Blount Street, forcing police to divert traffic for more than two hours.

Martha Iliana Santillian-Carril, 32, Angeline Marie Echeverria, 47, Ivanna Christina Gonzalez, 24, Nayely Irais Perez-Huerta, 28, David Salazar-Montalvo, 47, and Maria Carmen Rodriguez, 30, were arrested and charged with impeding traffic and resisting, delaying or obstructing officers.

Rodriguez, a mother of three who has lived and worked in Raleigh for the past decade, is in the U.S. illegally and readily told deputies of her immigration status when she was booked into the jail. She also provided her consular card when asked for identification.

The new law bars government agencies from using consular or embassy documents to verify someone's identity or residence, but a change to its provisions that was included in a "technical corrections" bill that passed at the close of the legislative session gave law enforcement discretion in whether to accept such documents for identification.

"Yes, she did have an ID from the consulate. Yes, it was accepted. We'll accept any ID," Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison said. "We're going to accept it because that's what you tell us your name is, but we're going to continue to investigate and go through the process."

Harrison says Rodriguez was questioned through the 287(g) program, which allows local law enforcement officers trained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to obtain information about someone's immigration status, and her name was run through the ICE database.

Rodriguez and the other protesters were then released. Harrison said his deputies working in the 287(g) program focus on violent offenders, and Rodriguez wasn't flagged when her name was put in the database.

Harrison supports the new law, saying that, too many times, ID cards from a consulate aren't credible, which makes it difficult for his deputies to identify people.

"I wish there was a process where the undocumented could get some type of paper if they're going to work here, live here, be law-abiding citizens, to speed the process up. It would help us tremendously," he said.


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  • Mick Flynn Nov 6, 2015
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    Why does wral never have any of the latest news on their site, take down some articles in a day, and yet leave stuff like this under latest news for weeks at a time?

  • David Pepper Jr. Nov 2, 2015
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    She is a chig. Throw her back over the line.

  • Brandy Lee Nov 2, 2015
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    Chris, it did not say in the story that Angeline was here illegally, it stated that Rodriguez was.

  • Susan West Nov 2, 2015
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    Is she working? Paying taxes? Purchasing goods with her own money? Then let her stay? She's doing more than some of the American Citizens who leach the system. If she's contributing, then provide this woman for a pathway for citizenship. We need more hardworking involved people in this country. At least she was out protesting, it means she's involved and informed - it's more than most of us as we sat silently while our legislators passed a bill that increased our health insurance rates.

  • Sean Creasy Nov 2, 2015
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    I bet she's a Democrat...

  • Betsy Smith Nov 1, 2015
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    "These illegals are demanding rights - that they legally do NOT have here"

    That's because illegals have been allowed to break the law for so long that they feel entitled. Businesses that benefit from the cheap labor and lawmakers who make it illegal to even ask their status do not care about the middle class. They allow "inshoring" of cheaper labor for the jobs that can't be sent overseas.

  • Robert Fotch Jr Nov 1, 2015
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    How about the Legislature, can we also have them arrested for aiding and abetting illegal activities

    Yes, the legislators also need to be arrested for not abiding by the oath they took to become a public servant. I have been saying this all along. Why is it that illegal immigrants have more rights than legal residents? The facts of the matter are, they don't have any rights at all being here illegally. Any politician supporting this behavior needs to be locked up immediately and wait for their day in court. Period. Lets not forget, we the people are in charge, not the other way around. I'm just tired of the lawlessness that our elected officials are presenting and until we hold them accountable, nothing will ever change.

  • Wayne Douglas III Oct 31, 2015
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    Here's the nuts and bolts. Illegal immigrants, are complaining that a law was signed, preventing their illegal activity. Are we to relieve all laws, that prevent them from being illegal? Should bank robbery be sidelined for them? Should drug dealing be sidelined for them? Should failure to pay taxes be sidelined for them? Should we just allow them to do whatever they want?

    Why should anyone, in this country illegally, have more rights than do I, or any other legal, tax paying resident? They should have all been arrested, on the spot. We knew exactly where a bunch of illegal aliens were. The biggest crime, in this case, was that the LEO's didn't take them into custody immediately. Every LEO on the scene, should be suspended, without pay, for a minimum of 30 days.

  • Carl Keehn Oct 31, 2015
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    How about the Legislature, can we also have them arrested for aiding and abetting illegal activities. Their recent e-verify laws have made it easier for private companies to hire illegals by not requiring verification for any employee that is employed for less than 9 months.

  • Robert Fotch Jr Oct 31, 2015
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    The police who turned a blind eye needs to be arrested for aiding and abetting illegal activities.