NC HB328 will give legal driving permits to ILLEGAL immigrant workers who are displacing NC workers and driving down their wages. It is also an enormous and corrupt rip off of NC taxpayers to benefit special interests using illegal immigrant labor.
According to the Heritage Foundation, unlawful immigrant households use over $14,000 in benefits and services MORE THAN their tax contributions from all sources–sales taxes, income, and all others. This cost disproportionately burdens state and local governments. This bill not only hurts NC workers, it is an assault on NC taxpayers to benefit the special interest users of illegal immigrant labor. The Federation of Americans for Immigration Reform estimates the fiscal cost of illegal immigration is nearly $2.0 billion per year, equivalent to about 10 percent of the NC State budget. The cost to North Carolina workers is probably greater. According to Harvard Labor Economist George Borjas, cheap immigrant labor cost to U.S. workers in depressed wages is well over $2,000 per worker per year. The real income of American workers has not progressed for 15 years. In the last ten years, the entire net growth of jobs in the U.S. has gone to foreign workers, while native-born workers have suffered a net loss. (Edward Rubenstein Economic Research, and others.)
The illegal immigrants typically employed by these special interests also have a much higher incidence of DUI traffic incidents. Giving illegal immigrants drivers permits and drivers training ATTRACTS MORE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS, offsetting any possible benefit to public safety. Calling HB328 anything related to public safety is an outrageous deception. This is a special interest sponsored bill, which will hurt NC workers and taxpayers, and is essentially a taxpayer subsidy for those employers who hire illegal immigrant workers.
HB328 turns to the very concept of law and honest legislation on its head. We need to stop it immediately and remember how legislators voted on this in the 2016 primaries and general election.
In the November 2014 elections, Oregon referendum voters rejected drivers permits for illegal immigrants by a two to one vote, despite large sums of special interest money spent to pass it.
Please contact your legislators and and the House Committee members below.
Please distribute this widely to your NC lists. I am sending this to all my lists.
The House Committee meets Wednesday. You can bet the special interests will be there with promises of big campaign finance help. We must offset that with emails, tweets, and phone calls.
See alert from Merlin below. Don’t let special interest allies in the legislature sneak this past the voters. Act immediately.