TAKE ACTION! Tell your Representatives to oppose anti-immigrant legislation in North Carolina

North Carolina’s own Arizona-style, anti-immigrant bill is still alive in the House, but your voices can help defeat this bill. 

Recently, House Bill 786 was amended so that undocumented immigrants wishing to obtain a “restricted driving permit” have to show that they have pre-paid one year of car insurance, which statistics show costs over $1,000 on average in North Carolina. Few undocumented families are going to be able to pay that amount of money up front. They will also face a myriad of other hurdles, including passing a strict criminal background check, providing fingerprints and admitting their undocumented status, proving their presence in North Carolina for a year, and paying fees for the permit itself which could cost up to hundreds of dollars.

  • Immigrants will feel the full effects of the negative provisions of the bill if the driving permit remains out of reach. Their cars will be seized and impounded if they drive without a license or insurance and they will be subject to arrest and detention if they cannot prove their lawful immigration status to any local law enforcement officer, among many other restrictions.  
  • Citizens and legal residents will also be affected as law enforcement officers may detain anyone they suspect of being undocumented.  U.S. citizens and legal residents who speak a different language or dress differently than a “typical” American could be subject to detention if they cannot prove their immigration status on the spot. U.S. citizens’ cars will also be seized if their insurance lapses even for a brief period.
  • This bill will likely cost North Carolinians millions of dollars – money that should be directed towards creating jobs, and improving health care and education for all North Carolina residents. We don’t need to be spending our taxpayer dollars targeting those aspiring Americans who simply come here to work and contribute, or U.S. citizens and lawful immigrants who look, speak, or dress differently than others.  

Tell your representatives to vote NO on HB 786. Oppose anti-immigrant legislation in North Carolina.

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