Supporters and opponents of stricter immigration laws for North Carolina spoke out Wednesday before the House Select Committee on the State’s Role on Immigration Policy.
North Carolinians For Immigration Reform and Enforcement (NCFIRE) along with Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (ALIPAC) pressed lawmakers to “be bold” and crackdown on undocumented citizens.
But dozens of others spoke in favor of North Carolina’s immigrant community – praising their work ethic, their culture, and the economic benefits they provide the state.
Bishop Michael Curry of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina quoted the poet Langston Hughes and implored lawmakers to listen to the facts about the contribution of foreign-born citizens.
After two hours of testimony, Rowan County Representative Harry Warren said the House Committee will meet again in the fall, after the U.S. Supreme Court rules on legal challenges to Arizona’s anti-immigration law.
To hear both sides of the debate from Wednesday’s hearing, click below: