State Lawmakers To Delay New Laws On Immigration

The leaders of a special legislative committee set up to examine what North Carolina can do to clamp down on illegal immigration say they do not plan to recommend any new legislation this year.

Committee co-chairman Rep. Harry Warren of Rowan County said Wednesday he and other Republican leaders have decided to wait for the U.S. Supreme Court to rule on anti-illegal immigration laws adopted by Arizona that have been challenged by the U.S. Justice Department. The court is expected to hear arguments in the case this summer.

Warren and other Republican leaders in the state House said this year's planned short session is not the time to take up controversial and complicated legislation that could face a similar legal challenge without waiting for the high court to rule.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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