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Sheriffs back McCrory on E-verify veto

Posted August 30, 2013

— Some county sheriffs are backing Gov. Pat McCrory's veto of a bill dealing with immigration-related matters. 

The measure is one of two bills McCrory vetoed this year. Lawmakers will hold a special session next week to decide whether to override those vetoes.

McCrory's press office sent a news release Friday morning claiming support from at least six of the state's 100 sheriffs that back his rejection of House Bill 786, which would allow temporary workers to stay employed longer without undergoing a background check.

The bill "could lead to large loopholes for employers to take advantage of, if they were so inclined, and take away from North Carolina citizens in need of work," said Sheriff Sam Page. Page serves in Rockingham County, the home district for Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger.

"I absolutely support the governor's veto," said Mecklenburg County Sheriff Chipp Bailey. House Speaker Thom Tillis hails from Mecklenburg.

Sheriffs from Guilford, Columbus, Gaston and Forsyth counties also back McCrory's veto.

The struggle over this bill pits two traditionally Republican constituencies against one another. On the one hand, many Republicans like those elected sheriffs run on a law-and-order platform that includes securing the border against illegal immigrants. However, in recent days, farming interests – including the state's elected agriculture commissioner – have lobbied lawmakers to overturn the veto to ensure a steady source of farm labor.

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  • 12345_here Sep 3, 2013

    Such a pity the GOP wants to destroy education funding when they are voting to bring in all the Illegal immigrants for a full school session.

  • HomeBrewDude Sep 3, 2013

    Deport - Deport - Deport... the cycle will continue. The sad thing is that if they have children in the US, these kids will be leaching off of the rest of us for their free healtcare. Meanwhile, I struggle to make the co-pays.

  • kdogwnc Sep 2, 2013

    So in about 10 minutes after the General Assembly convenes on Tuesday, the vetoes will be overridden. And then Thom Tillis rises and says, "Since we're all here anyway..." and they will pull some parliamentary trick to continue their assault on education, the environment, the economy, and civil rights for North Carolinians. Maybe they will be home in time for Halloween.

  • Mustange Aug 31, 2013

    Either open the border and let thim all come here or close it , you cant have it both ways.

  • junkmail5 Aug 30, 2013

    SHERIFFS seek to disarm you-- the average citizen of nc.
    wildpig777

    ... what?

    The bill is about immigration.

    it has literally NOTHING to do with guns.

  • davisgw Aug 30, 2013

    I agree this bill needed to be vetoed. Employers as well as illegals will take advantage of the lax rules.

  • jaybird2974 Aug 30, 2013

    Look great men and women of law enforcement...Gov do not even know what he vetoed. He had to do it to look good. Trust me it will pass will flying colors with the help of all his playmates, The Republicans in the NCGA. So said he trying to play games even with the veto stamp. Cant wait to 2016 and I have my ID!!!!!!!!

  • wildpig777 Aug 30, 2013

    SHERIFFS seek to disarm you-- the average citizen of nc.

  • Krimson Aug 30, 2013

    "...could lead to large loopholes for employers to take advantage of, if they were so inclined, and take away from North Carolina citizens in need of work"

    JOBS! JOBS! JOBS!