When Arizona passed SB 1070 in April of 2010, it was only a matter of time before other states would also begin their own crackdowns on illegal immigration. States such as Alabama and South Carolina have since passed laws that prevent illegal aliens from jobs and public benefits. With Republicans now in control of the state legislature in North Carolina, efforts have begun to pass similar, statewide legislation to crack down on illegal immigration.
North Carolina is estimated to have over 325,000 illegal aliens. Last year, they were able to pass a mandatory E-Verify law for businesses with at least 25 employees, and for years, a small group of politicians in the state have been trying to pass laws limiting illegal aliens' access to public services, but to no avail.
However, with Republicans now able to move immigration enforcement laws through the legislature, several bills are already pending. Some of the bills include parts that would prevent illegal aliens from using embassy documents to receive public benefits, as well as a law that would put an identifying mark on the driver's licenses of individuals living in the country temporarily.
A comprehensive immigration bill similar to the one passed in Arizona has been filed, has yet to be considered by the House or Senate. Legislators pushing for the comprehensive immigration bill have cited the negative monetary aspects of illegal immigration, while those opposed believe the bill will do nothing more than target Hispanics living in the state.
Updated: Mon, Dec 12th 2011 @ 11:01am EST