Protesters hope to deter McCrory's participation in immigration lawsuit

Posted January 15, 2015

— One day after the U.S. House voted to overturn President Barack Obama’s key immigration policies, dozens of people gathered outside the Executive Mansion in Raleigh on Thursday to protest Gov. Pat McCrory’s participation in a lawsuit against the president’s efforts.

With Obama likely to veto any legislation killing his immigration plan and the House measure now going to the U.S. Senate, Wednesday’s vote will likely be symbolic.

But the lawsuit against the president’s policies, led by Texas Attorney General and Gov.-elect Greg Abbott, is moving forward.

North Carolina is one of 17 states represented in the suit, which asks for a judge to block Obama’s actions. Under an executive order announced Nov. 20, an estimated 4.1 million parents of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents who have lived in the U.S. for at least five years are protected from deportation and will have a right to work.

The lawsuit alleges that Obama overreached his presidential powers, that the government didn’t follow proper rule-making procedures and that the order will "exacerbate the humanitarian crisis along the southern border, which will affect increased state investment in law enforcement, health care and education."

The state of North Carolina is not officially a part of the suit, despite a letter from Lt. Gov. Dan Forest asking state Attorney General Roy Cooper to join it.

Those gathered outside McCrory's residence Thursday want the governor to withdraw his name from the suit.

"I used to think, 'Oh, I have no chance of getting into college,'" Jorge Ramos said. "I can't work, I can't drive, and because of (the executive order), I'm now able to get my driver's license and I'm able to work."

Debate over the immigration crisis picked up late last year when more than 52,000 children, some as young as 2, crossed into the United States from Mexico alone.

Ben Johnson, executive director of the American Immigration Council, said he believes Congress should replace Obama’s action with another action, not repeal his policy.

“I think we have seen Congress going back on the issue of immigration for many years, and I really think it's time,” he said. “I think the public is hungry for the Congress to move forward on immigration, and I think continuing to debate the president's authority, whether this was a good political move or a bad political move, is a mistake.”

Those protesting believe beneficial immigration reform is possible.

"I believe there is hope," Jazmin Mendoza-Sosa said. "I believe that if we work together as a community and we educate each other."


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  • jmenot Jan 18, 2015

    when they get their drivers license , how can they afford to pay insurance? i can't afford to pay to add my children so that they can get theirs, and if it lapses for one week you owe fees.

  • notexactly Jan 16, 2015

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    The same can be said of your praised one there bud. Lets give you a lesson. If you remember GWB wanted a line item veto, but the dems said NO. When a bill gets to his desk, it is not just one item. Its 100s. That is how both sides get a piece of what they want. The prez or gov, has to decide what is the best thing for the majority of the people ( you know the ones that voted) and either pass it or veto it. There are many things in the bill he may not like and pass it anyway. That in no way means he is for the entire bill, but he must do something to make progress ( you know what you claim the reps don't do) Now if the dems would have passed the line item veto, then your blame could have merit. But since there are bills passed by your peeps as well, do you hold them to that same standard of agreeing with all that's in it? If so, then I stand corrected. If not, then hold your praised one as guilty of the same thing you claim about Pat.

  • Theo Bishop Jan 16, 2015
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    I stand with the republicans on this issue.

  • Carl Keehn Jan 16, 2015
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    Yes, illegal IS illegal. I'm glad to hear that you are in favor of addressing the real issue, the hiring of undocumented aliens by local businesses; well aware that they are not legal. of course the NC Legislature also needs to be addressed as they generated a bill that as finally approved, relaxed the requirement for verifying employment eligibility.

    Let's address illegal immigration. Prosecute those businesses that are taking advantage of it to improve their bottom line.

  • B.c. Jimmy Jan 16, 2015
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    I support the GOP

  • Terry Lightfoot Jan 16, 2015
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    good for them, let them protest: Mc- Cronie needs to hear from NC citizens who disagree with his lawsuit.

  • Jon Gregory Jan 16, 2015
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    Don't count on it!

  • scvmcdoc Jan 16, 2015

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    I am well aware of how the government process works. I am also well aware that gerrymandering was done by the democrats. Mostly I am aware that if you are concerned with the direction the state or country is go then you get out and vote. If you don't care you stay home. The last election proves my point.

  • George Herbert Jan 16, 2015
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    Gov. McCrory vetoed the bill that extended the E-Verify exemption for seasonal workers from 90 consecutive days to nine months in a calendar year. The Republican legislators voted to override his veto. Under the revised law, an employer could have hired someone last April 1 and keep him working through this coming August without violating the requirements of the law.

  • Alexia Proper Jan 16, 2015
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    Does he have the power to veto part of a bill and not the rest (I.e., line item veto)? If not, he had to accept the bad with the good.