North Carolina Select Committee on States’ Role in Immigration Policy Meeting 12/7/11

The North Carolina House Committee on the State’s Role in Immigration Policy met in Raleigh, NC on Wednesday, drawing a crowd representing both sides of the controversial issue.  The study committee, chaired by Representatives Frank Iler (R-Brunswick NC) and Harry Warren (R-Rowan NC), has been asked to submit a report on the issue of illegal immigration in North Carolina, and recommend legislation the panel thinks appropriate. The bills would be considered in the short session next May in the North Carolina Legislature.

The panel didn’t take public comment at this session, instead hearing presentations from two sheriffs on their partnerships with federal immigration officials.  Alamance County, NC Sheriff Terry Johnson, and Rockingham County, NC Sheriff Sam Page discussed how their departments handle illegal immigrants, and how the State of North Carolina and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement could help them be more effective.

The panel’s next meeting is scheduled for January 25, 2012.

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