On Wednesday, August 21, 2019, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper vetoed a bill that would have made local law enforcement ask about prisoners’ immigration status and cooperate with federal immigration authorities.
Cooper claims that this bill is unconstitutional. According to The Hill, Cooper argues that this bill would weaken state enforcement by giving sheriffs tasks that belong to federal immigration agents.
This bill made it out both chambers of the North Carolina General Assembly, which have Republican majorities.
In statement Cooper said, “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.”
He continued, “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.”
This legislation would have ordered law enforcement to determine a person’s legal status. If they couldn’t determine their immigration status, law enforcement officials would have to contact U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) or the Department of Homeland Security to gather more information about their status.
Cooper’s decision to veto this legalization was met with fierce criticism from several North Carolina Republicans according to reports from The Charlotte Observer.
Republican State Senator Chuck Edwards claims that by vetoing this bill Cooper is “choosing to side with sheriffs like the Mecklenburg County Sheriff who in June ignored an ICE detainer request on a man in custody for rape and child sex offense charges and released this dangerous individual back into the community.”
Mecklenburg Sheriff Garry McFadden was opposed to this bill in June. He asserted that the bill threatened to decrease trust between law enforcement and the immigrant community.
The sheriff believed that the bill would make North Carolina communities “less safe.”
He declared, “This is a dangerous experiment in playing politics with our public safety.”
Texas Political Establishment Attempts to Derail Shelley Luther’s Campaign
The special election for Texas’ Senate District 30 is on pace to be one of the most heated races in the Lone Star State.
At a candidate forum on September 18, 2020, Shelley Luther, the Dallas salon owner who was jailed for opening her business in defiance of Governor Greg Abbott’s shutdown order, confronted outgoing State Senator Pat Fallon.
Fallon vacated his seat and is now backing a successor in State Representative Drew Springer.
“We don’t want somebody who’s going to be at odds with our Republican governor,” Fallon said September 18 at the Grayson County Republican Women’s Club.
I didn’t support some of the things that he has done about opening up. … So, he’s made some mistakes. He’s our Republican governor, the 80/20 rule … because you’re not going to get any bills passed unless the governor signs them.
“Let me make something clear. I am accountable to my fellow citizens in Senate District 30. Not our Governor,” Luther responded on September 19 on Facebook:
This is exactly what is wrong with Austin. Our politicians are more loyal to Abbott than us, even when they disagree with him.
I will work with Governor Abbott when he is fighting to protect the liberty of Texans, and I will oppose him when he pushes unilateral dictates that shut down our local businesses.
Fallon and Luther had a tense exchange, which was caught on video.
“You want me to go all in on this race?” Fallon questioned Luther. “I have been 5 percent in on this race. You want me to go all in on it, I’m welcome to.”
“This has become a straight-up fight between Abbott and the ‘Kumbaya’ Professional Political Class vs. the grassroots and people who remember what limited government and principles should look like,” opined conservative activist Mike Openshaw.
“Respectfully, being willing to be jailed for fighting over-reaching government shows principle; that counts for something, Patrick,” Openshaw continued.
Luther has recently received endorsements from conservative Collin County Judge Chris Hill and Young Conservatives of Texas. Springer, on the other hand, received an endorsement from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, which asserted that Luther was going down a “far right” path.
A Republican is expected to carry the senate district, which may still require a runoff if the leading candidate does not get enough votes during the first round of the special election.
Election Day will be on September 29.
Luther is viewed as the truly conservative option and many believe she could help break the political status quo in Austin that has kept conservative legislation from ever being passed.
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