In case you missed it, the editorial page of the newspaper at the heart of the state’s furniture industry (the High Point Enterprise) didn’t take to kindly to Governor McCrory’s rather odd attack last week in which he claimed that members of the industry helped override his veto of an immigration bill because they wanted to hire undocumented workers. This is from an editorial posted late Friday:
“Our reaction upon first hearing Republican Gov. Pat McCrory’s comment was: ‘Well, that’s a pretty irresponsible statement.’
Upon further review: Our call is confirmed.
On Wednesday, the GOP-controlled General Assembly overrode McCrory’s veto of a bill broadening state exemptions for using the federal E-Verify system to check immigration status of workers. During a State Board of Education meeting after the Legislature’s vote, McCrory said:
“Some of the manufacturers in towns like High Point worked hard for this bill because they, frankly, want to hire illegal immigrants as opposed to North Carolina workers and paying good wages.”
It’s ironic that McCrory’s comment came amid an educational setting, because his remarks certainly were neither very smart politically — nor factual.
Checks by the Enterprise on Thursday turned up no reports of High Point area home furnishings industry companies having issues with hiring illegal workers or them indicating a desire to hire illegals instead of North Carolina workers.
Such comments potentially damage home furnishings industry manufacturers and the hardworking Tarheels who are the industry’s backbone. So if McCrory, who grew up in Jamestown, has any evidence to substantiate his accusations, we’d like to see it. On Thursday, the Enterprise asked for evidence. On Thursday, the Enterprise asked for an interview with McCrory. We received neither….
Why the governor would take such an uninformed, cheap shot at High Point and its main industry we don’t know. His office later said his information came from “private discussions.” If so, we’d recommend he engage in more public discourse — and less popping off without the facts.”
Read the rest of the editorial by clicking here.