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BREAKING NEWS: Governor Cooper vetoes controversial HB370 ICE detainer bill

Gov. Roy Cooper wasted little time in vetoing House Bill 370, “An Act to Require Compliance with Immigration Detainers and Administrative Warrants.”

The House gave the measure final approval Tuesday on a 62-53 vote, with proponents saying the bill was necessary to aid law enforcement in protecting public safety.

But more than 100 national and state organizations joined together to call the bill dangerous, noting that it would tear apart families and strip local law enforcement of their ability to make decisions in the best interest of the public.

Governor Cooper released the following statement in issuing Wednesday’s veto:

“This legislation is simply about scoring partisan political points and using fear to divide North Carolina. As the former top law enforcement officer of our state, I know that current law allows the state to jail and prosecute dangerous criminals regardless of immigration status.

This bill, in addition to being unconstitutional, weakens law enforcement in North Carolina by mandating sheriffs to do the job of federal agents, using local resources that could hurt their ability to protect their counties. Finally, to elevate their partisan political pandering, the legislature has made a sheriff’s violation of this new immigration duty as the only specifically named duty violation that can result in a sheriff’s removal from office.”

22 Comments


  1. Sheila

    August 22, 2019 at 8:48 am

    This is unbelievable you continue not to do your job for the citizens of NC. So are you going to Veto all Illegal occurrences? Your precedence is in itself is unlawful (Speeding, stealing etc….)

  2. Joyce

    August 22, 2019 at 4:36 pm

    I can not believe you are not standing with citizens of N.C. They have broken the law by coming over the border illegally. I hope citizens vote you out of office.

  3. Minie

    August 22, 2019 at 7:47 pm

    Speeding and stealing and all the other law infractions and even killings and etc. are done by nationals as well not only by undocumented people. Anti immigration laws as they stand are laws against humanity and against THE LAW, which is, “Love Your Neighbor”. Not all your laws are in line with THE LAW” the people of good will is in support of this veto by Mr. Cooper.?

  4. Minie

    August 22, 2019 at 7:52 pm

    Why you do NOT show all the comments, and only show the ones agains the meassure?

  5. Mark

    August 23, 2019 at 2:29 am

    This is a good example of how state governments are out of control. If I were a resident of NC I’d be petitioning for a re-call or impeachment of this guy…all he’s doing is pandering to illeagals/dems big money and support. Run this guy out on a rail. This is a violation of federal law. So maybe the feds could impose sanctions on states that pull this crap.

  6. Bobby

    August 23, 2019 at 2:43 am

    I support Gov. Cooper and his very informed decision to veto this unconstitutional law that the legislature attempted to pass based purely on political reasons! I don’t believe the only one who had the interest of the people of North Carolina at heart is Gov. Cooper! Crime is committed by people from everywhere, even your next door neighbor is capable of doing it. People have been imigrating to this country since it’s beginning. My family are Scottish and English, what about yours? Our Presidents family imigrated here from Germany not that many generations ago. If I where to discriminate against another, how big a hipacrite am I? How about you???

  7. Barbara Randall

    August 23, 2019 at 6:21 am

    America has gone to far,the Constitution doesn’t seem to matter any longer and neither does right
    over wrong (morals).
    Thank you Govenor Cooper

  8. Steven S Poulson

    August 23, 2019 at 7:06 am

    Minie, we are a nation of laws. We always have been and always will be. The immigration laws have been on the books for decades. It’s only during Trump’s presidency that it has become so political. Democrats supported Obama’s and Clinton’s immigration policies which are the same. So why now is it any different? Only because of the media supporting the liberal agenda has it been put out in the fore front. The policy is not inhumane but the only way to have control over who comes in legally and illegally. Would you leave the front door of your home wide open 24 hrs a day without wanting to know who is passing through?
    I think not.

  9. Clara Duczeminski

    August 23, 2019 at 8:28 am

    Breaking laws demonstrates how people believe they are above the law. Over loading our country and depleting our resources is not the answer.Many of the people entering have been here before and were deported do. to serious crimes.Many our only here for what financially they can get free. Any government.employee who feels it’s a ok to discriminate against citizens shouldn’ t be in office. Illegals are receiving many benefits that our citizens are not entitled to. We pay for legal fees, free collage Ed., Interperters, etc. Many immigrants that have came here legally also are waiting to become citizens which should be allowed first.

  10. beverly

    August 23, 2019 at 10:06 am

    Proud to call NORTH CAROLINA HOME! GOD BLESS YOU GOVERNOR!

  11. Luismo

    August 23, 2019 at 10:06 am

    The governor, by Vetoing that law, did what he understand is the best for his community and law enforcement (which none of the commenters against do have as much experience as himself). Besides Native American descendants, no one else have the right to condemn immigration. The rest of us came from abroad…check about your ancestors. Criminals will be prosecuted no matter where they come from. The young mass killer in a church in NC was not an “illegal immigrant” but a CRIMINAL. Can’t you see that?

  12. Lisa Hillegas

    August 23, 2019 at 10:59 am

    I hope you get voted out!! Start protecting ?? citizens!

  13. Fatima M.

    August 23, 2019 at 11:03 am

    Thank you Gov. Cooper you continue to make North Carolina a great and safe place to live. I love that you don’t let the politics of today ruin our state. This bill would have only divided us more when we should be coming together to help love and care for each an every person regardless of their ethnic background. Again thank you for loving this, your, and our state of North Carolina????.

  14. Alex

    August 23, 2019 at 11:06 am

    Are leftists propose to expel legal immigrants?

  15. Nora j Winn

    August 23, 2019 at 11:10 am

    What is wrong with you folks who are so against this governor making sure NC law enforcement can do their jobs without political interference? This president you seem to love is a moron who is being operated bt Steven Wright. He is a white nationalist who tells trump what to believe.. Or rather do. Trump is an egotistical sociopath who cares about only one person–himself. I’m so sick of these right wing nut jobs who keep spreading hate by labeling everything from the “dems”, the “liberal lefties” the “libertards”.. The DEMOCRATS & independents.. Ie everyone who believes in our constitution – are NOT the enemy. The Republicans will never ever protect your rights unless you are rich & white. Wake up & watch what they do. Not the hate they spread. People who cross these borders are looking for the same things your family members came here for- a chance to have a better life & not live in fear of being killed. Now trump is turning us against everyone of color. How many white people who are here illegally has he gone after? His own wife got her visa under dubious grounds.. As a person with exceptional intelligence & who will provide valuable crap.. Oh.. Contributions. This woman is no genius. Then she used her status to get her patents in. Trump now says no one else.
    I say good for this governor. He is looking out for law enforcement which means he is protecting all of the citizens of his state. This includes my family.

  16. andrena vasser-atkins

    August 23, 2019 at 11:23 am

    Most of these sound like our president’s words. We teach our children to think for themselves and not allow their friends to influence them. We all are adults, we should not allow the president nor the media to influence our thinking. For those who are Christians the Word teaches us to love one another. I do not feel they are breaking the law no more than the people who are citizens. You have people who are citizens that has never paid into the system and they are receiving assistance. You have citizens bringing drugs into the country, and they are still here and not punished. I believe if our political leaders wants this thing to be good it would have been delivered a long time ago, but then they would have to find something else that will work for their base.

    I feel it is time we stop letting the people we put in office divide our country. A country that is divided can not stand. Look at where we are now with other countries. I do not care if you are a Republican or Democrat GOD has given us all free will. Now is the time to use it!

  17. Charles

    August 23, 2019 at 11:35 am

    I am sick and tired of these people that are hating on other races. Look what Gov. Copper’s did was right because everyone’s need a chance for a better future. There are crime in other race and it’s getting out of control. Stop the hate and look in the mirror at your family members.

  18. Jerry Dixon

    August 23, 2019 at 11:37 am

    He needs be kick out of office he portrays nc people for illegal people

  19. MichaelW

    August 23, 2019 at 11:57 am

    Let’s be honest with ourselves and tell the truth the real illegals are White people not minorities the White people stole the land from the Indians and claimed it for themselves. The United States and the rules and regulations are a joke it’s simple when you’re White and making the rules and regulations we’re operating on laws rules and regulations that should have been changed in the early 2000s. Nobody cares about the illegals but the crazy racist White people although some White people don’t care it’s too many racist White people supporting Trump deportation process , for Trump supporters to be ok with the way he’s lashing out at illegals and anyone else who disagree with him says a lot about their character and people like that shouldn’t be trusted. Former Presidents have deported illegals but it was done the right and it wasn’t a big deal until this orange face b****** got in office trying to call out former Presidents that’s his problem , he’s trying to get everything done that he thinks should have been done along time ago by former Presidents well withouts illegals there wouldn’t be a lot businesses thriving back then and now. Who wastes money building a wall and ignore the planes that can fly over the wall and he shut the government down over the wall at least when former Presidents did a government shutdown it made since , Trump is a billionaire without deep pockets and his inheritance is the reason why he’s Rich he didn’t earn those billions it was handed to him.

  20. Manny

    August 23, 2019 at 1:45 pm

    Thank You Mr. Cooper you are a man of dignity and the Hispanic community Thanks you, and won’t forget all those politicians who have supported us and the ones that are against us….You have made the right choice, All this Republicans are full of hate , with their white Nationalists agenda and their ethnic cleansing but good always wins, In the south there’s alot of people who called themselves Christians but they are a bunch of hypocrites, They go to church every weekend ,to the house of God but they can’t even stand their neighbors, they are pure evil…Trumpiest ,ignorant white folk!!! And I dont mean all white people because theres alot of honest ,and wonderful white folk and it goes to show ,that we are all just HUMANS…I WILL PRAY FOR THE TRUMPIES TONIGHT!!!Amen!!!

  21. Calvin

    August 23, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    People are so worried about the undocumented immigrants in the U.S. They do jobs that we “average” Americans feel we are too good to do. Instead of worrying about the hard working immigrants in this country, why don’t you urge your President to do something about all these young “white” supremacist that keep killing innocent people. Complain and cry help over that…

  22. Carly

    August 23, 2019 at 2:25 pm

    You supporters of this veto make me sick. We won’t have a country to call America soon if we don’t protect our borders!! Why is it ok for every other country on the planet to enforce and protect their nation from illegals but not ok for the US? Do you people know what is happening in Europe??!! Should we end up being taken over by illegal invaders like Germany and Britain?! Trump is for America and I stand with him! ILLEGALS SHOULD NOT BE CATERED TO FOR BREAKING THE LAW! WHAT ABOUT AMERICAN CITIZENS RIGHTS?!

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