Progressive leaders speak out against immigration bill

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Immigrant advocates and religious leaders say a bill in the North Carolina legislature will cause problems between police and the communities they’re supposed to protect.

The bill’s opponents held a news conference Monday before the state Senate passed the bill. It would prevent cities from instructing law enforcement agencies not to collect citizenship or immigration status from the people with whom they come in contact, among other changes.

The Rev. William Barber of the state NAACP says the bill is race-baiting. Bill supporters in the Senate said last week that communities shouldn’t ignore people who are in the state illegally.

The Senate bill significantly changed a bill the House approved months ago, which increased the number of employers who must participate in the federal E-Verify program.

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