A noted author and researcher may add new insight to the ongoing debate over the impact of immigrants in North Carolina Tuesday.
Dr. James H. Johnson, of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will speak at the Washington City Council Chambers at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.
A press release from Washington City Manager Jim Smith says, "His presentation will provide some objective and authoritative input into what has become a hotly debated topic in Beaufort County, where some County Commissioners are attempting to purge all assistance to immigrants from County Services."
Last year, Beaufort County Commissioners voted to turn off the Spanish language option on county phone systems. Some argue immigrants were a drain on public programs meant for legal citizens.
You can read more about Dr. Johnson's study here.