State House Republicans File Major Immigration Bill

RALEIGH (AP) -- House Republicans have filed legislation that would grant driving privileges to immigrants living in the country without documentation while adding new enforcement measures. Among them is a provision to allow law enforcement officers to check immigration status during stops or arrests if they reasonably suspect a person is living in the country illegally.

The bill filed Wednesday by four Republican lawmakers would establish restricted one-year permits, along with a measure that authorizes law enforcement to detain those suspected of living in the country illegally for up to 24 hours to check their immigration status.

Rep. Harry Warren of Salisbury, a primary sponsor, told the Associated Press the bill is intended to promote public safety in a fair and balanced way. Rep. Bryan Brown of Pitt County is a co-sponsor of the bill.