On the heels of the intensely debated and controversial Arizona Immigration Law it looks like North Carolina’s Senate is setting itself up for vote on a similar type of law for our state. The bill would make it legal for the state to identify, prosecute and deport illegal immigrants and is the idea of retired police officer and six term North Carolina State Senator Don East. East filed the joint resolution during today’s short session General Assembly. North Carolina is the 18th state to consider such deportation regulations.
We know most of the issues related to such a law, considering Arizona already passing it. Should North Carolina attempt to pass it, there is sure to be a lot of controversy brewing in the Old North State.
Example in numbers: In 2000, “60,072 of Wake County’s 687,918 residents (8.7%) were foreign-born according to this interactive immigration map.
(Good call on these numbers, I completely read them wrong.)
Let’s hope that reform is more in our state’s future than deportation and hopefully the bill won’t get very far any time soon. According to this report from Fox Charlotte, East feels that “illegals take jobs and bleed the system, bleed schools and cost this country dearly.” Get that? Bleed. wow.