Today, the NC House Select Committee on Immigration Policy is hearing public comments for the first time.  In past meetings, some members of the committee have indicated an openness to – or desire for – harsher immigration laws in North Carolina, modeled on laws in Arizona and Alabama that have caused great controversy and harmed those states’ economies.

WE ARE NC, an alliance of organizations and individuals working to shift the debate on immigration in our state, held a press conference this morning at the legislature spelling out the dangers of Alabama/Arizona style laws and highlighting the positive role the immigrant community plays in the North Carolina economy.  Watch video of the press conference below:


  1. Frank Burns

    March 28, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    I heard a lot of generalities but no specifics. They keep asking for “sensible immigration reform”. What does that mean, allowing all illegal aliens have full citizenship? I think a more sensible reform would be to have guest workers who have permits to work here, but then return to their native countries at the completion of their work assignment.

  2. gregflynn

    March 28, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    The restrictions on non-immigrant temporary work visas need reform because they don’t meet the needs of the US labor market.

    Foreign labor meets 2 specific needs in the US market: highly skilled and low skilled. Both categories have a multiplier effect on the economy because they fill positions that allow for the employment of medium-skilled US workers. eg doctors support jobs for nurses, bus-boys & dishwashers support jobs for waiters and cooks.

    Remarks to the committee by Tamar Jacoby of ImmigrationWorks USA summarize it well.

    It used to be that undocumented workers came and went without springing roots, while their families stayed abroad. The increased focus on border security made return difficult, while the growth of recent years in NC created year-round labor demand – both conditions conditions conducive to residency.

    Now we have blended families with undocumented parents, undocumented adult children raised in the US since being toddlers, who are essentially American, and US born children who have known no other country. Immigration reform also needs to address these situations.

    I know from personal experience that legal immigration is complex, time consuming and often expensive.

    Much of the opposition to “illegal” immigration has come from groups who also want to reduce “legal” immigration, namely ALIPAC, NCListen and, NCFIRE. They have fanned flames that have heated this debate.

    “Sensible immigration reform” would satisfy many of the the stakeholders in this issue but I doubt it will ever satisfy these protagonists.

  3. WhiteDude

    March 28, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    Asia for Asians, Africa for Africans, White countries for everyone?

    Everybody says there is this RACE problem. Everybody says this RACE problem will.
    be solved when the third world pours into EVERY white country and ONLY.
    into White countries.

    The Netherlands and Belgium are more crowded than Japan or Taiwan, but nobody says Japan or Taiwan will solve this RACE problem by bringing in millions of third worlders and quote.
    assimilating unquote with them.

    Everybody says the final solution to this RACE problem is for EVERY white country and ONLY White countries to “assimilate,” i.e., intermarry, with all those non-Whites.

    What if I said there was this RACE problem and this RACE problem would be solved only if hundreds of millions of non-blacks were brought into EVERY black country and ONLY into black countries?

    How long would it take anyone to realize I’m not talking about a RACE problem. I am talking about the final solution to the BLACK problem?

    And how long would it take any sane black man to notice this and what kind of psycho black man wouldn’t object to this?

    But if I tell that obvious truth about the ongoing program of genocide against my race, the White race, Liberals and respectable conservatives will just say that I’m a naziwhowantstokillsixmillionjews.

    They say they are anti-racist. What they are is anti-White.

    Anti-racist is a code word for anti-White.

  4. gregflynn

    March 28, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    So I Google WhiteDude’s comments and get “about 10,300 results”. This cut & paste racism a classic example of the absurdity that works against “sensible immigration reform”.

  5. Frank Burns

    March 28, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    Again “sensible immigration reform” is stated but does anybody know what that means? Are people afraid to define that? I may be wrong but I think that is code wording for full amnesty for illegals. I agree the illegal immigrants are a good source of labor but they also have high social costs which we have to pay for. Is it fair to grant citizen status to people who have broken the law over those legal immigrants who have followed the law? I think the guest worker program would be sensible immigration reform.

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