NC legislators to consider crackdown on immigrants

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RALEIGH, N.C. — A legislative committee is scheduled to hold a public hearing to examine what North Carolina can do to clamp down on illegal immigration.

The hearing is scheduled for Wednesday at 1 p.m. Possibilities under consideration in the Republican-controlled state house include measures similar to laws enacted in Alabama and Arizona that restrict access to public services by undocumented workers and empower local law enforcement officers to identify those in the country illegally.

Federal authorities who enforce immigration laws have generally discouraged such state-based initiatives.

A coalition of pro-legal immigration groups is planning a morning media conference outside the General Assembly in advance of the legislative committee meeting.

Organizers for a group called We Are NC said speakers will highlight the positive contributions immigrants make to North Carolina’s economy and culture.

Credit: The Associated Press.

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