Kate Steinle’s murder by an illegal immigrant with a violent criminal past and several deportations under his belt resulted in public outcry against sanctuary cities. While the left-leaning media worked overtime trying to show there is no link between violent crime and illegal immigration (one even going so far as to argue that illegal immigration decreases crime rates), the state legislature in North Carolina decided to take action.
North Carolina governor Pat McCrory has signed a bill into law that effectively bans sanctuary cities in his state.
North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory signed a bill into law Wednesday that bans any policy that interferes with the enforcement of federal immigration laws.
The Protect N.C. Workers Act, HB 318, reins in local and municipal policies that disregarded federal law by providing sanctuary or “safe” cities, and public benefits like food stamps, for individuals illegally in the U.S.
“We cannot allow our local officials in towns and cities in North Carolina to make up their own rules that conflict with our nation’s laws and our nation’s values,” the governor stated during the bill signing.
The law also requires public contractors to verify a job applicant’s right to work in the country through the Internet-based E-Verify program. The Federation for American Immigration Reform wrote that this provision will make it harder for illegal aliens to find employment, which would discourage illegal immigration and protect citizens’ jobs.
North Carolina is not the only state moving against sanctuary cities; Texas governor Greg Abbott is calling for legislation that will ban them in Texas.
Gov. Greg Abbott, targeting “sanctuary city” policies on immigration, warned Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez on Monday to back down from a policy change on federal immigration detention requests.
“Your refusal to fully participate in a federal law enforcement program intended to keep dangerous criminals off the streets leaves the State no choice but to take whatever actions are necessary to protect our fellow Texans,” Abbott wrote.
His spokesman, Jon Wittman, confirmed later Monday that the governor was throwing his support behind legislation to bar “sanctuary city” policies, under which police are barred from asking those they stop about their immigration status. Abbott wants the Legislature to address the matter in 2017, Wittman said.
A Valdez spokesman defended the policy as a modest change, and allies said the governor was distorting what she had done.
Valdez recently changed policies on holding immigrants in the Dallas County jail for federal officials once the person is past his or her release date. People who committed minor offenses aren’t held for up to an additional 48 hours for agents of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE.
Abbott appeared on Neil Cavuto’s show to discuss his plans to ban sanctuary cities in Texas. Watch:DONATE
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