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Immigration News 2015: North Carolina HB 318 Criticized By Clinton's DREAMer Latino Outreach Director

By Michael Oleaga m.oleaga@latinpost.com | Oct 06, 2015 11:07 AM EDT

A Hillary Clinton presidential campaign staffer has called for North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory to veto a bill that affects the undocumented community.

Hillary For America Latino Outreach Director Lorella Praeli, a DREAMer -- a term given to undocumented immigrant youths, on behalf the Democratic presidential candidate's campaign -- spoke about against North Carolina's House Bill (H.B.) 318, also known as the "Protect North Carolina Workers Act." H.B. 318 would enhance the state's effort to determine whether an individual can be legally employed in the state. The bill would also require North Carolina to not adopt "sanctuary city" policies, which would otherwise allow the state to not follow federal immigration enforcement's request pertaining to a detained immigrant.

"This anti-immigrant bill is more evidence of the influence Donald Trump has on the Republican Party," Praeli said in a statement. "This bill is simply unacceptable. The negative impact on the immigrant community would be immeasurable, and the bill will only damage the community trust necessary to have effective policing in the state. Republican Governor of North Carolina, Pat McCrory, should veto this bill."

If an undocumented immigrant violates the Protect North Carolina Workers Act, by not providing valid identification, the immigrant may be notified to local law enforcement agencies and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, one of three immigrant-related federal agencies within the Department of Homeland Security.

H.B. 318 passed both North Carolina legislative bodies and has been sent to McCrory on Sept. 30. He has yet to sign the bill.

"While Republicans continue to promote policies that tear families apart, Hillary Clinton remains consistent in her positions to defend President Obama's executive actions and to push for a comprehensive solution that includes a pathway to full and equal citizenship at the heart of any immigration reform plan," added Praeli.

As Latin Post reported, Praeli was born in Peru and came to the U.S. when she was 10 years old. She was an undocumented immigrant until applying for a green card through the DREAM act in 2012.

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