An N.C. Senate joint resolution currently in committee smacks decidedly of the nascent Arizonan immigration law that places the power of immigration enforcement into the hands of the state government. This Arizonan law came after many concerns of the federal government being unwilling or unable to sufficiently address the illegal immigration problem themselves. Senate Joint Resolution 1349, sponsored by Don East (R – Surry), doesn’t go quite as far. Rather than giving police the ability to check the immigration status of someone being detained for another crime if probably cause exists, the bill only asks that the senate consider a bill that would make it a crime to willfully fail to complete or carry alien registration documents. Read more here.
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