NC House Immigration Panel Holds Another Meeting

North Carolina lawmakers considering ways to respond to illegal immigration have now heard from state agency officials who said there are already many restrictions on providing government services to people unlawfully in the country.

A special House panel held its second meeting Wednesday in a crowded committee room full of people who support or oppose the state's intervention in federal immigration enforcement.

The committee listened to representatives of the state Division of Motor Vehicles and Department of Health and Human Services about qualifications to receive everything from a driver's license to child care subsidies and Medicaid.

A Department of Revenue official also talked about challenges with workers who file tax returns using false Social Security numbers.

The panel is expected to make recommendations to the full House by May.


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  • by JP on Feb 3, 2012 at 08:36 PM
    It amazes me how politicians and people in general criticize and dislike illegal immigrants by ALWAYS stating how much of a burden on social services they are but they NEVER talk about how these same people that have come over to find/live a better life have a job (illegally), homes, roots and pay taxes but cannot benefit fully from the system how citizens do. Illegal aliens are NOT much more of a burden then citizens are. Oh, what about they lose their jobs? They can't file for unemployment. So, just because SOME are able to access medical benefits, then people generalize that they ALL DO? This is simply and noticeably ignorant an xenophobic. Let's allow these people to become what they want to be which is residents. This is the ultimate goal. Also, as a reminder, we ALL come from families that at some point in time migrated to this country whether it was legally or not.
  • by you think on Jan 25, 2012 at 10:44 PM
    the goverment cant figure this mess out.ilegals are here to stay.they have kids born here they have had jobs.homes.and have lived here for years.they do jobs no one else will do.they stay away from there familys in mexico for 5 10 15 years without going home. but they have learned how to work the system to get all the free stuff they can.and its a easy fixx.let them come into the country leagal. they must have a job lined up,they must pay 2500 entry fee for the first year,and must leave the country for two weeks every year after that.and to come back pay 1200 fee and have no felonys and have paid there taxes,and must have medical insurance and must learn to speak and read english.and i know them well enough that they would be happy to do just that.and just think how much money that would generate.you could hire 1 american and place them every 25 feet and cover the entire border and have money to spare.put hundreds of thousands back to work and do away with the people that provide illegal crosseing of the border along with the drugs.and are this will be paid for by the leagal,lawfull,mexicans that will be allowed to enter this country for work.provided they havnt broke any laws and have health insurance,speak english and pay there taxes.think how much social security payments that would be made by them. of course you have to be a citizen to draw ssc and unemployment,witch they wont be.instead of kicking out honest hard working men and woman, let the good ones stay and help this country and stop or get rid of the bad ones.
  • by worried on Jan 25, 2012 at 08:04 PM
    message to pedestrian, It worries me when someone that is against people from other countries and has a problem with kids learning anything in school, can't write any better than you can. You could use a little schooling yourself. This has nothing to do with the topic because I really have no feeling either way about that. It just really bothers me when someone has nerve to insult others when they are actually ignorant and need help for themselves. By the way, I use the word ignorant in the correct way--no insult or smart mouth intended. Please take some classes.
  • by John H Location: New Bern on Jan 25, 2012 at 07:28 PM
    @ pedestrian. You need to go and re read your post for all the errors and go back to school yourself.
  • by chill Location: enc on Jan 25, 2012 at 05:23 PM
    They should be arrested if they are here unlawfully.
  • by Col. Colt Location: ENC on Jan 25, 2012 at 05:17 PM
    DO SOMETHING RIGHT OR WRONG, BUT DO SOMETHING ALREADY
  • by Yeah Right Location: Eastern NC on Jan 25, 2012 at 05:09 PM
    If there are restrictions in place to prevent illegal immigrants from government services, then the employees of our great state are not following the guidelines because I know that in my county there are hundreds getting food stamps, medicad, Medicare and any other services that are available. They also have drivers license given by NCDMV and they are illegal as can be. Get a grip if anyone thinks that the state is following any restrictions that they put in place to prevent illegals from getting free services. In my county the hand money out to immigrants and nonimmigrants like it is going out of style. No wonder our country is in such bad shape.
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      by pedestrian on Jan 25, 2012 at 05:27 PM in reply to Yeah Right
      you know what is the problem here.Teenagers are being taught spanish in highschools. what do they do when they get it out they go and find jobs as translators. they need too look in the mirror first. it's like give a a dog a bone. he will coming back
  • by Yeah Right Location: Eastern NC on Jan 25, 2012 at 05:09 PM
    If there are restrictions in place to prevent illegal immigrants from government services, then the employees of our great state are not following the guidelines because I know that in my county there are hundreds getting food stamps, medicad, Medicare and any other services that are available. They also have drivers license given by NCDMV and they are illegal as can be. Get a grip if anyone thinks that the state is following any restrictions that they put in place to prevent illegals from getting free services. In my county the hand money out to immigrants and nonimmigrants like it is going out of style. No wonder our country is in such bad shape.
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