Governor Cooper Vetoes HB 370
The North Carolina General Assembly and Senate supported an anti-immigrant bill that would force all North Carolina sheriffs to help Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detain and deport community members or face removal from office.
North Carolina Governor Cooper announced his veto of the bill earlier today with a press release.
Gov. Cooper shared the following statement on his veto of House Bill 370:
“This legislation is simply about scoring partisan political points and using fear to divide North Carolina. As the former top law enforcement officer of our state, I know that current law allows the state to jail and prosecute dangerous criminals regardless of immigration status. This bill, in addition to being unconstitutional, weakens law enforcement in North Carolina by mandating sheriffs to do the job of federal agents, using local resources that could hurt their ability to protect their counties. Finally, to elevate their partisan political pandering, the legislature has made a sheriff’s violation of this new immigration duty as the only specifically named duty violation that can result in a sheriff’s removal from office.”