Rep. Harry Warren likes to wear flag pins on his jacket: One with the U.S. flag, and another with the North Carolina flag. On Tuesday morning, he sported them as he stood in front of the House of Representatives’ powerful finance committee, arguing the federal government has been ignoring a problem, and that the state government should take action.
“The question before us is whether or not we as an elected body want to take some strong legislative steps to hold undocumented folks accountable to obey North Carolina law,” Warren said.
Warren, a Republican from Rowan County, is the lead author of a bill that would allow some of North Carolina’s more than 300,000 undocumented immigrants to apply for restricted driving permits. Under the bill (HB328), people could obtain a one-year permit by passing the state’s driving tests, passing a criminal background check, and having their fingerprints taken. Continue reading