RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Opponents of the so-called “sanctuary cities” bill took their message to the Executive Mansion on Wednesday afternoon.
Groups concerned with the bill said it will harm the state’s undocumented immigrant population.
It also bans sanctuary cities, which would limit cooperation in tracking the undocumented. Supporters of the bill said it will keep people who, they say, break laws.
House Bill 318 passed the General Assembly toward the end of the long session and is now with Gov. Pat McCrory.
McCrory has not signed the bill but has indicated support for it. He has 30 days after the end of the session to sign the bill or it becomes law automatically.
The rally Wednesday started around 5 p.m.
Demonstrator Jorge Ramos said, “I think people should have basic humanity and try to see that these are real people’s lives they’re affecting. We’re not statistics. We’re not monsters under your bed. We’re actual human beings just trying to have a better life and we’re actually contributing to the economy.”
In a statement, McCrory’s office said, “The governor has a clear record in stating that law enforcement and elected officials must uphold their oath of office, which requires them to enforce the laws of North Carolina and the United States of America.”
Demonstrators said they plan to return Thursday and Friday.