Charlotte Weighs Immigrant-friendly City Policies

North Carolina's biggest city is looking at ways to boost growth by attracting new immigrants to the United States, a move some complain would welcome people living in the country illegally.

The Charlotte Observer reports ( ) the city council created a group last fall to study what other cities are doing to encourage immigrants to start businesses and get involved in civic life. The task force includes economists, school leaders, law-enforcement officers and business representatives. It meets Thursday and holds its first public listening session next weekend.

The head of a North Carolina group demanding tougher enforcement of immigration laws says Charlotte officials seem as eager to entice people in the country illegally as legal residents. Ron Woodard of NC Listen says the public doesn't want illegal immigration embraced.

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