RALEIGH, North Carolina: Last week, the House Committee on the State’s Role in Immigration Policy met to consider tougher laws targeting illegal immigrants in the state. The meeting drew a standing-room only crowd of supporters from both sides.
The issue of illegal immigration came to the forefront this year following the 2010 Republican wave that took control of the House. Legislation in past years focused mainly on limiting illegal immigrants’ access to public services, but to limited success.
No specific bills were addressed at the meeting, but legislation is pending that would prohibit use of consular and other embassy documents as official identification, specify documents required to receive public benefits, and add an identifying mark to the driver’s licenses of people who are not permanent citizens. A bill similar to the controversial Arizona law has been filed but not yet considered by either chamber.