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House Immigration Bill Heads for First Vote

A bill granting driving privileges to those in the country illegally and authorizing Arizona-style detainment measures is headed for its first committee vote in the North Carolina House.

A House judiciary committee will take up the bill Wednesday.

The bill would require residents living in the country illegally to pursue a restricted driver's license and allow law enforcement to detain anyone suspected of lacking documentation for up to 24 hours to verify legal status.

It also includes measures restricting bond for those living in the country illegally and requiring them to pay for their incarceration.

Immigration advocates have praised the section creating restricted driver's permits but worry about the provisions aimed at strengthening law enforcement.

Democratic lawmakers say the Arizona-style detainment provision could lead to constitutional challenges from racial profiling.


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