Immigration Bill Delayed Until Tuesday

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Some provisions in an immigration bill poised for debate in the North Carolina House may now only be studied rather than carried out if it's approved.

The House delayed Monday evening debate on the "Reclaim NC" Act and rescheduled it for Tuesday.

The measure would give driving privileges to some immigrants living in the country illegally while increasing punishments for people who possess or sell fraudulent identification cards.

Bill sponsor Rep. Harry Warren of Salisbury says he now plans to amend the bill to simply studying the driver's license expansion. Warren says the Department of Transportation is concerned because the license requirement would take effect in October.

The legislation also would give police authority to detain anyone suspected of lacking documentation for up to 24 hours to verify legal status.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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