A costly policy
News that Durham police are no longer conducting random motor-vehicle checks will not be received well at the N.C. General Assembly.
The Republican majority in its build-the-wall-and-deport-them frenzy will use the recent announcement from Chief C.J. Davis as incentive to approve a bill sponsored by Sen. Norman Sanderson (R-Pamlico) imposing the loss of tax revenues on any city or town where law enforcement officers do not obey federal immigration laws.
Council members in Carrboro, Chapel Hill, Durham and Hillsborough would do well to ask their financial staffs how much revenue would be lost if the General Assembly approves this bill and then overrides Gov. Roy Cooper’s likely veto. Is a public statement like the one Davis made on March 6 worth the loss of revenue? The welfare of Spanish-speaking residents who came here to work but may not be legal U.S. residents is certainly a worthy and justifiable cause, but our legislators are intently focused on achieving their goals.
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Sanderson’s bill apparently has the support of Senate President Phil Berger whose office supported it in a news release. “While we all welcome immigrants who come to our state legally local politicians, law enforcement and public university officials are not above following immigration laws, and hopefully these changes will provide the incentive needed to make them do the right thing.”
It is time for council members to seriously and thoughtfully consider the financial ramifications for their communities as well as how much of a property tax increase is needed to replace the lost state revenue. Open defiance of those in power who currently control our government is not a smart course of action. Raising money to support the campaigns of of candidates with less draconian views is the wiser way.
Mark G. Rodin
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