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NC Republicans sign name to immigration overhaul effort

A handful of prominent North Carolina business leaders and lawmakers are joining a national effort to urge the Republican Congress to support an immigration overhaul.

The letter -- sent by major Republican donors such as Vice President Dan Quayle, Carlos Gutierrez, the commerce secretary under President George W. Bush, and Karl Rove -- calls for "legal status" to those living in the country illegally.

In North Carolina, developer Judd Ammons, prominent farmer John Barnes, agribusiness leader Frank Granger and homebuilder Tim Minton joined Republican state Reps. Tom Murry of Morrisville and Tim Moffitt of Asheville in signing their names to the effort.

Document(s):
immigrationletter.pdf

House immigration committee dissolves without draft legislation

A special House committee punted immigration reform to the full chamber, declining to draft any legislation at its final meeting Thursday.

The House Select Committee on the State's Role in Immigration Policy essential ended confounded by the politics of the issue and couldn't come to an agreement on the best way to proceed. 

Lawmakers spent less than one minute discussing its brief final report and adjourned without any discussion of the issue. The meeting stood in stark contrast to a previous public hearing with heated language and passionate pleas from groups pushing for stricter laws and those warning against taking any action.

Committee co-chairman Frank Iler, a Oak Island Republican, said lawmakers can introduce their own legislation next year. He plans to do so but refused to discuss what it would say.

Special House committee delays immigration reform

House Republican leaders are delaying consideration of a comprehensive immigration bill until the 2013 legislative session.

Rep. Harry Warren, a committee co-chairman, said the House select committee wants to  wait for the U.S. Supreme Court to rule on the constitutionality of other state's immigration legislation before taking any action. 

The announcement came at the end of an intense, often personal two-hour public hearing that featured testimony from undocumented immigrants and ardent illegal immigration foes. Check back later for more details.

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