Modern day versions of Paul Revere have been sounding the alarm about illegal immigration for years now with little effect on North Carolina's elected officials, the notable exception being a growing number of our Sheriffs. We have warned local lawmakers of the cost of becoming sanctuary cities and tried to tell anyone that would listen that this state was becoming a magnate for illegals who spread the word that North Carolina was soft on illegals.
Despite the trend of self deportation due to the economy, North Carolina is viewed by illegals in this country as a sanctuary state. A recent article in Forbes had a very interesting quote about a recent order by the governor of Rhode Island:
"But he also says an executive order signed a year ago by Gov. Don
Carcieri cracking down on illegal immigration drove away his largely
immigrant base of customers, who told him they were moving to North Carolina and other states where they could live without fear of getting deported."
Two questions come to mind immediately:
- How did North Carolina gain this reputation for being soft on illegals?
- How Governor Carcieri get them to leave his state?
The answers to the first question are obvious for anyone that has seen the changes in North Carolina over the last 10-15 years. With one of the fastest rates of growth in the country, illegals have flocked to the state to fill construction and service jobs and underbid the local workforce. Once here, they began to take advantage North Carolina's vast array of benefits for its citizens that runs from food stamps and free medical care to instate tuition at our community colleges. These programs are designed to help this state's citizens that are in need, not people who broke the law to come here.
The answer to the second question is as follows:
Governor Carcieri announced the order as the state was facing a $550 million budget deficit.
He said illegal immigrants were on a burden on public schools,
hospitals and law enforcement agencies and blamed the federal
government for not taking action.
His order required state
agencies, vendors and contractors to use a federal database known as
E-Verify to check the legal work status of new hires. It also directed
state police and prison and parole officials to identify illegal
immigrants for possible deportation.
North Carolina has taken small steps in the direction of Rhode Island but not enough, apparently in the mind of illegal aliens who still think of this state as a haven from enforcement of the law.
A tip to Illegals that are coming here next: You may want to avoid Wake, Johnston, Alamance, Cabarrus, Cumberland, Gaston, Henderson and Mecklenburg counties. Chatham county, on the other hand has decided that their government has ample resources to accommodate you. If you need directions, just ask the first law enforcement officer you run into when you get here.