North Carolina Governor Signs “Protect North Carolina Workers Act”

Rebar_workerToday, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory signed House Bill 318, also known as the “Protect North Carolina Workers Act,” into law. The law strengthens North Carolina’s immigration policies by adding public contractors to the list of employers required by law to verify the work authorization of new employees with the internet-based E-Verify program, prohibiting “sanctuary” policies that impede the enforcement of immigration law, and cracking down on identity fraud. The measure’s passage marks a victory for true immigration reformers in North Carolina concerned with protecting public safety, reducing identity fraud, and discouraging illegal immigration to North Carolina by making it harder for illegal aliens to secure jobs.

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  1. avatar Charles says:

    Slowly the layers of the onion are peeled away so we Americans can see what the progressive policies have wrought.

  2. avatar Ron Woodard says:

    FAIR forgot to mention that they helped NC LISTEN and NC Fire with action email alerts to help move this legislation forward. And IRLI reviewed HB 318 to assist in making sure it was legally sound. Our team at NC LISTEN has worked on this and earlier state immigration enforcement legislation since 2006 at the NC General Assembly. Driver’s license requirements were earlier tightened. Then State workers were required to use E-Verify initially and our actual State E-Verify legislation was later passed in 2013. And just recently HB 318 disallows sanctuary cities, disallows official state acceptance of foreign consular cards and locally produced ID cards, and E-Verify has been further toughened. FAIR was with us all along the way, providing assistance from their DC office and Field Reps, not to forget their white papers on the costs and negative consequences of illegal immigration to North Carolina. This data was used to also propel our State legislation.

  3. Our organization has been working on this bill for 4+ years and all the hard work finally paid off!

    HB318 Highlights

    Ҥ 143-133.3. E-verify compliance.

    No board or governing body of the State, or of any institution of the State government, or of any political subdivision of the State, may enter into a contract unless the contractor, and the contractor’s subcontractors under the contract, comply with the requirements of Article 2 of Chapter 64 of the General Statutes.

    Ҥ 64-27. Commissioner of Labor to prepare complaint form.

    The Commissioner shall prescribe a complaint form for a person to allege a violation

    Ҥ 64-29. Investigation of complaints.

    Upon receipt of a complaint the Commissioner shall investigate

    Ҥ 15A-306. Consulate documents not acceptable as identification.

    The following documents are not acceptable for use in determining a person’s actual identity or residency by a justice, judge, clerk, magistrate, law enforcement officer, or other government official:

    (1) A matricula consular or other similar document, other than a valid passport, issued by a consulate or embassy of another country.

    (2) An identity document issued or created by any person, organization, county, city, or other local authority, except where expressly authorized to be used for this purpose by the General Assembly.

    No local government or law enforcement agency may establish, by policy or ordinance, the acceptability of any of the documents described in subsection (a) of this section as a form of identification to be used to determine the identity or residency of any person. Any local government policy or ordinance that contradicts this section is hereby repealed.”

    Ҥ 153A-145.5. Adoption of sanctuary ordinance prohibited.

    (a) No county may have in effect any policy, ordinance, or procedure that limits or restricts the enforcement of federal immigration laws to less than the full extent permitted by federal law.

    (b) No county shall do any of the following related to information regarding the citizenship or immigration status, lawful or unlawful, of any individual:

    (1) Prohibit law enforcement officials or agencies from gathering such information.
    (2) Direct law enforcement officials or agencies not to gather such information.
    (3) Prohibit the communication of such information to federal law enforcement agencies.”

    Ҥ 160A-499.4. Adoption of sanctuary ordinances prohibited.

    (a) No city may have in effect any policy, ordinance, or procedure that limits or restricts the enforcement of federal immigration laws to less than the full extent permitted by federal law.

    (b) No city shall do any of the following related to information regarding the citizenship or immigration status, lawful or unlawful, of any individual:

    (1) Prohibit law enforcement officials or agencies from gathering such information.
    (2) Direct law enforcement officials or agencies not to gather such information.
    (3) Prohibit the communication of such information to federal law enforcement agencies.”

  4. Sounds Good

    I wonder if the tailored eVerify requirement credit this Governor is getting is really just a moot point? Was it already a hiring State contract requirement that would have been implemented anyway?

    I’m suspicious of all politicians’ real motives.

  5. avatar Bob says:

    God Bless Gov. McCrory for signing HB 318. Illegal aliens are taking jobs Americans should be doing. How nice it would be to see this law spread to other states. It’s time to free this country of all the illegal aliens.

  6. avatar Kyle says:

    It’s welcoming to see a state government exhibit they have a backbone and some intelligence, unlike the one we have here in Maryland.