Governor McCrory signs sanctuary, ID bill into law

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Gov. Pat McCrory signed House Bill 318 inside the Guilford County Sheriff's Office restricting certain types of identification for undocumented immigrants.

Surrounded by state legislators who supported the bill and law enforcement, McCrory said he is proud to sign the bill to be a “model of how to do things right in North Carolina and in our country.”

The main focus during the news conference and signing Wednesday was on the ID’s for undocumented immigrants.

“When these laws are not enforced, the process that makes North Carolina and this country great breaks down. The concepts and policies of sanctuary cities is a further breakdown of this process and is contrary to the oath of every law enforcement officer and elected official,” McCrory said.

McCrory also mentioned the bill will help to strengthen the E-verification system to identify undocumented immigrants.

Guilford County Sheriff BJ Barnes thanked McCrory for doing the right thing. Barnes said that all law enforcement officials refer undocumented immigrants to ICE and that the “phony” forms of identification “have no merit or substance.”

“I adhere to the Constitution. That's what they should be doing; that's what everyone else should be doing,” Barnes said.