Protesters continue to rally against House Bill 318
Posted October 15, 2015
Updated October 16, 2015
Raleigh, N.C. — Two weeks after state lawmakers passed House Bill 318, Gov. Pat McCrory has yet to sign it. Groups have continued to rally against the bill, which some say targets undocumented immigrants.
Voices outside the Governor's Mansion continue to grow louder as protesters call for McCrory to veto H.B. 318. Many gathered Thursday night to figure out what will happen to them.
“Their IDs will no longer be accepted,” said Susanna Birdsong from the ACLU of North Carolina. “[It] impacts people’s ability to interact with law enforcement, to interact with the court system."
Political analyst David McLennan says McCrory has also come out against sanctuary cities for undocumented immigrants.
“I’m not sure he would win over Hispanics in North Carolina, even if he were to veto it,” McLennan said. “If he signs it, it could help him with conservatives.”
McLennan said McCrory could be working through legal issues in the legislation, or he may want to let the bill pass without getting in in the middle.
“He might not—politically—sign the bill,” McLennan said. “Let it, after a period of time passes, essentially become law.”
Another possible complication to H.B. 318—cutting food assistance to the unemployed.
“The governor has a clear record in stating the law enforcement and elected officials must uphold their oath in office, which requires them to enforce the laws of North Carolina and the United States of America,” spokesman Josh Ellis said.