In 2013, then-speaker Thom Tillis led an effort to ram through legislation that watered down immigration status verification requirements for farm workers — clearly a sop to the Farm Bureau in preparation for his US Senate run.
In 2015, it appears an effort to reverse that mess has been introduced in the North Carolina House. The “Protect North Carolina Workers Act” — sponsored by Reps. Chris Millis, Debra Conrad, Chris Whitmire, and George Cleveland — seeks to strengthen and expand checks on immigration status for workers in North Carolina. The subtitle for the bill gives you a hint of where this thing is headed:
AN ACT TO INCREASE THE NUMBER OF EMPLOYERS WHO ARE REQUIRED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE FEDERAL E-VERIFY PROGRAM; TO UNDO THE E-VERIFY CHANGES ENACTED IN S.L. 2014-119; TO REPEAL THE E-VERIFY EXEMPTION FOR TEMPORARY EMPLOYEES; TO EXCLUDE FARM WORKERS FROM THE DEFINITION OF EMPLOYEE UNDER ARTICLE 2 OF CHAPTER 64 OF THE GENERAL STATUTES; TO AUTHORIZE THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR TO ENFORCE E-VERIFY REQUIREMENTS PERTAINING TO COUNTY AND CITY CONTRACTORS AND SUBCONTRACTORS; AND TO PROVIDE THAT CERTAIN CONSULATE OR EMBASSY DOCUMENTS MAY NOT BE USED TO DETERMINE A PERSON’S IDENTIFICATION OR RESIDENCE FOR GOVERNMENTAL AND LAW ENFORCEMENT PURPOSES
Um, BOOM. This ought to explode a few establishment / leftist heads. On the face of it, this bill sounds like a huge heaping bit of common sense. But, in the era of Obama and Karl Rove, common sense often gets stood on its head.
If you read into the text of the bill, you see that it directly challenges some of the terms of Barry Obama’s amnesty decree. (This could get FUN.)
Get on the horn to your legislators, and get them behind this thing.