A special legislative committee responsible for examining North Carolina’s immigration policies has decided not to recommend any new legislation until later this year.
Rep. Harry Warren, R-Rowan, said the N.C. House of Representatives select committee will wait to hear how the U.S. Supreme Court rules this summer on immigration legislation passed by other states.
“That way we can make recommendations to the assembly that will keep us, as a state, out of federal court while also offering approaches from other states,” he said.
The committee is responsible for looking at how the state should address immigration and must decide by December if it will make a recommendation to the N.C. General Assembly, said committee co-chairman Rep. Frank Iler, R-Brunswick.
“We plan to do something very deliberate,” he said. “We have the option of recommending legislation or not offering legislation.”
Warren, who is co-chairman of the committee, said members met for the fourth time last week and took comments from the public.
He said waiting to make a recommendation would also allow members of the committee more time to consider the comments they heard last week.
Iler said waiting until after the Supreme Court’s decisions will give the committee more guidance when reviewing the state’s role on immigration.
“It will tell us a lot of what states can do,” he said. “It will keep us from being involved in litigation in courts.”