State Legislature Advances Two Anti-Immigrant Bills

N.C. Senate approves SB 101; N.C. House approves HB 62

RALEIGH, N.C. – In nearly party-line votes, the N.C. Senate approved SB 101 and the N.C. House approved HB 62, both proposals target our state’s immigrant communities. In the past three days, both bills were rushed through multiple committees and considered on the floors in their respective chambers.

A diverse coalition of community groups has come together to oppose measures that target North Carolina’s immigrant population. The Alianza de derechos de los Inmigrantes de Carolina del Norte (AICN), or  Immigrants’ Rights Alliance of North Carolina, is composed of more than 30 community organizations throughout the state.

“North Carolinians expect better from their lawmakers than the harmful proposals we see presented in SB 101 and HB 62,” said Stefania Arteaga, Regional Immigrants’ Rights Strategist for the ACLU of North Carolina, which is a coalition member. “Community groups are joining together to demonstrate how unity and respect for each other can triumph over hateful and divisive rhetoric.”

In regards to HB 62, Maria Gonzalez, Program Director for Student Action with Farmworkers (SAF) had this to say: “When up for debate, Rep. Cleveland and staff could not answer questions on the complex legalities of this bill and the powers being given. What he doesn’t realize is that above all, the impact of this bill will not be on the lawsuits against the cities but on the symbolic empowerment that citizens who already hold this disdain and xenophobic sentiment will receive. This bill will put us in danger while not enforcing any law or protecting anyone.”

Bruno Hinojosa Ruiz, Director of Compañeros Inmigrantes de las Montañas en Acción (CIMA), pointed out how both measures undermine the actions of elected sheriffs, “We are, again, witnessing lawmakers attempting to force elected officials to cooperate with ICE, to create fear and further divide North Carolina. North Carolina is better than this and when Sheriff’s were elected, their voters supported their stand to NOT collaborate with ICE.”

The timing of the legislature’s push of anti-immigrant legislation is concerning coalition partners, as well. “At a time when vaccines and economic relief to our communities impacted by COVID-19 should be the highest priority, lawmakers have decided to waste time and tax dollars on two bills that would increase fear and mistrust in the immigrant community,” said Iliana Santillan, Executive Director of El Pueblo, a coalition member. “We urge lawmakers to rethink this plan.”

If enacted, SB 101 would require sheriffs to do the bidding of federal immigration authorities and impose criminal penalties for sheriffs who chose not to voluntarily comply with voluntary ICE detainer requests. HB 62 would also punish sheriffs, counties, or municipalities that do not collaborate with ICE by allowing anyone in the state to file a lawsuit against a local government for allegedly violating North Carolina’s anti-sanctuary law.




The Alianza de derechos de los Inmigrantes de Carolina del Norte (AICN) / Immigrants’ Rights Alliance of North Carolina is a coalition of 30 organizations dedicated to protecting and defending the rights of immigrants in North Carolina. Coalition partners include:


Acción Política Latina



Ángel Guardian

Asociación Dominicana

Association of Mexicans in North Carolina (AMEXCAN)

Comité de Acción Popular

Comité Popular Somos Raleigh

Compañeros Inmigrantes de las Montañas en Acción (CIMA)

Comunidad Colectiva

Comunidad Vida Nueva

El Centro of Hendersonville

Episcopal Farmworker Ministry

El Pueblo

El Vínculo Hispano

Faith Action International House

Fayetteville Police Accountability Community Taskforce

Fortaleza NC

Henderson Resiste


Hispanic Federation

Immigrant Justice Coalition –Boone, NC

Just Futures Law

Moms Rising

Mujerxs Organizando Oportunidades Notables (MOOM)

Muslim Women For

NAACP North Carolina

North Carolina Asian Americans Together

North Carolina Justice Center

North Carolina State Police Accountability Network

Poor People’s Campaign

SEAC Village

Sheriffs for Trusting Communities

Si a las Licencias

South East Immigrants Rights Network (SEIRN)

Student Action With Farmworkers

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