A growing number of communities and cities have passed ordinances making them a safe haven for illegals. Known as sanctuary cities or locations, local law enforcement in these places refuse to comply with federal officials requesting the detention of illegals. Perhaps the most notable sanctuary city is San Francisco where an illegal shot and killed Kathryn Steinle on a pier earlier this summer.
After the murder of Steinle, a national poll revealed that 62% of the American people believe that the federal government should take action to shut down sanctuary cities.
North Carolina politicians listened to the people and poll and introduced House Bill 318 which would ban the establishment of sanctuary cities or counties within the Tar Heel State. Popularly referred to as the Protect North Carolina Workers Act, HB 318 also would require local, county and state government agencies to use the E-Verify system to determine the legal status of all job applicants including contractors. On the flip side, the bill bans law enforcement and government agencies from using consular or embassy documents to verify the identity or residence of individuals.
Another provision of HB 318 places limits on food assistance such as the SNAP cards (food stamps) for unemployed able-bodied adults with no children.
HB 318 was passed by the North Carolina legislature and on Wednesday, Gov. Pat McCrory signed it into law. Speaking at the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office where he signed the bill, McCrory commented about the new law, saying:
“Each individual arriving here in a legal manner, following our laws, in search of a better life is a blessing to our state and to our country. We want to continue that strength of our great country, but in doing so, we must follow the law and not tie the hands of the men and women behind me. We’re going to enforce the law and help our law enforcement officers protect our citizens.”
B.J. Barnes, Guilford County Sheriff added:
“When I go to other countries, I go legally and adhere to the laws. Can we not, as the greatest nation in the world, expect others to do the same?”
As expected, liberals who value the rights of illegals over the rights of American citizens protested the bill before and after it was passed and signed into law. One advocate for illegals said that by McCrory signing the bill at the sheriff’s office it sent a message that the governor and state officials believe that illegals are here to hurt their families.
Like it or not, that’s true. They do hurt our families by being in OUR country illegally. Consider the fact that illegals cost North Carolina taxpayers around $2 billion a year. That’s nearly 10% of the state’s fiscal budget. The bulk of that goes to providing free education to thousands of illegal children, especially in places like Durham, Chapel Hills and Carrboro that serve as sanctuary cities for illegals prior to the passage of the new law.
Besides costing taxpayers more, illegals do take jobs away from US citizens. They also have a strong tendency to move into nice family friendly neighborhoods and then run the neighborhoods down. Property values go down and crime increases. I personally saw that happen to my old neighborhood in Mesa, Arizona. Illegals have also been found to carry contagious diseases including anti-biotic resistant tuberculosis which has a mortality rate of 60% among some sectors of the population.
Personally, I believe that sanctuary cities are illegal and officials who create them should be charged with violating federal immigration laws. More states need to pass bills like HB 318 and outlaw every sanctuary city and county in America. Next we need to elect a Congress and president who will enforce federal immigration laws and take measures to protect our borders.