Our immigrant brothers and sisters are under attack.
On Thursday, September 24th, Pope Francis spoke before Congress and said, "When the stranger in our midst appeals to us, we must not repeat the sins and the errors of the past. We must resolve now to live as nobly and as justly as possible, as we educate new generations not to turn their back on our 'neighbors' and everything around us." At the same time as Pope Francis urged our country's elected officials to follow the Gospel and love the stranger as yourself, the North Carolina Senate voted in support of House Bill 318, the most extreme anti-immigrant and "anti-sanctuary" bill in the nation.
The final reading of HB 318 in the Senate is scheduled for today. We must raise our voices against this unjust and immoral legislation. We must expose the myth of extremism that you can hurt one of us without hurting all of us.
Please join the North Carolina NAACP, the Council of Churches, El Comite Popular Somos Raleigh, the Southeast Immigrant Rights Network, the Burlington Police Department, and the Forward Together Moral Movement for an emergency news conference to oppose HB 318.
If enacted, HB 318 will make it more difficult for local police and sheriffs to establish the identity of people in our communities, particularly immigrant residents, which will make their jobs harder and more dangerous.
The question of immigrants having acceptable identification documents is both a practical and safety concern, and an economic issue for police. The manpower used to arrest and process people who do not have identification takes away from other policing priorities. It has been estimated that a wider acceptance of foreign and community-issued IDs in Greensboro has saved the equivalent of two full-time police officers’ salaries in terms of avoiding unnecessary arrests solely for lack of ID.
If you cannot join us for this important news conference, please take a moment to call or email Speaker Moore and your legislators by clicking here.