The NC House run by Republicans just this afternoon neutered the earlier E-Verify law (2011) that was to protect new jobs in North Carolina for only legal residents by passing H.786.
This was done by changing the definition of workers to be checked through E-Verify as anyone who works less than ten full months a year is now labeled a “seasonal worker”. So virtually no illegal immigrants will be denied jobs. The earlier E-Verify law had just totally kicked-in two weeks ago but, as noted, is now neutered.
The gutting of E-Verify is apparently the state Republicans answer to North Carolina having the fifth worst unemployment rate in the nation.
The bill now goes to the NC Senate. More to follow on our efforts there.
It is somewhat of a victory in that the same legislation will NOT grant a legal drivers permit, at least for now, to all illegal immigrants in North Carolina. Fortunately this was removed, but also removed were all of the new enforcement provisions of H.786. In the bill is a requirement for yet another study paid for with your tax dollars to determine how to deal with illegal immigration in North Carolina. Folks we don’t need another study, we need our State Legislature to take action!!
Go to this weblink to see how your NC House member voted. Note the Noe’s in this case are the good guys and gals:
So where are we now. The Republicans voted E-Verify into law in 2011 and now they have in effect reversed it. We had to work for months to prevent them from giving legal drivers permits to illegals. So nothing of significance has been done concerning illegal immigration at the state level as a result. But Governor McCrory just a month ago resurrected the Governor’s Advisory Council on Hispanic/Latino Affairs —- interesting since it is accepted that one half of all Hispanic/Latinos in North Carolina are here illegally.
So we will have the Governor’s staff meeting on about a monthly basis with an Advisory Council representing a particular ethnic group of which 50% are illegal immigrants, while our unemployed citizens (especially our low-skilled unemployed citizens) get NO relief in having to compete with illegal immigrants.