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Protesters continue to rally against House Bill 318

Posted October 15, 2015
Updated October 16, 2015

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— 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.

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  • Dwight Fields Oct 16, 2015
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    And this is news why? It should have been law years ago. Anything you do nowadays you have to show ID why not the most important thing we as "CITIZENS" do? If you are here illegally you should not vote, plain and simple. I would not expect the right to vote if I was not a citizen, but then I would not expect handouts either, go figure.

  • Roy Hinkley Oct 16, 2015
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    http://www.wral.com/mccrory-signs-autism-insurance-coverage-requirement-into-law/14972405/

  • Matt Nickeson Oct 16, 2015
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    I find it interesting that WRAL reports on this but fails to report that McCrory just signed into law the autism insurance mandate. I guess that might generally reflect positively on the governor...can't have that here!

  • Roy Hinkley Oct 16, 2015
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    I think you'e misread the article.
    McLennan may not have said that cutting food assistance was another complication. It may very well have just been an observation by the reporter (since it isn't in quotation marks and isn't ascribed to anyone in particular).

  • John Mason Oct 16, 2015
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    I guess when McCrory says "elected officials must uphold their oath in office, which requires them to enforce the laws of North Carolina and the United States of America" he forgot to mention that this does not apply to magistrates who do not want to issue same sex marriage licenses just because Republicans don't like it. More selective enforcement from our incompetent governor.

  • Sean Creasy Oct 16, 2015
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    Being in the construction business I have heard many stories from Hispanic co-workers concerning how many of them used false identities to gain driver's licenses, employment ID numbers, loans, insurance, apartments, and even welfare benefits. I fully support this bill...

  • Dean Morron Oct 16, 2015
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    It always amazes me how politically activated people will use certain key terms to stir the pot …. such as McLennan's quote " Another possible complication to H.B. 318—cutting food assistance to the unemployed." What he ( McLennan) fails to mention ….. the cutting of food assistance to the unemployed would have a profound effect on the undocumented immigrant, or in plain terms an illegal alien !!!

    While HB 318 touches on many subjects I see no reason for our Governor veto anything about this bill ….. get informed, read the bill.