North Carolina introduces version of Arizona immigration law

By Sarah Batista - bio l email

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A version of Arizona's controversial bill has been introduced in the state Senate.

But the big question is whether or not it will get traction in North Carolina?  Supporters hope it will, but some say it's too controversial to move forward.

The law has picked up support from around the country. At least 18 states are proposing their own versions, including North Carolina.

The controversial law requires police to question people about their immigration status if officers have reason to believe they're in the country illegally. Some proponents say it's an open door for racial profiling.

But supporters say it would help alleviate illegal immigration.

"We need to send a clear message to Washington to secure our borders and a clear message to illegal aliens to go home," said William Gheen with Americans for Legal Immigration.

Gheen has called on his supporters in North Carolina to write legislators in support of the proposed bill.

The bill needs time to work its way through the NC General Assembly.

However, legislators are in currently in a "short session" and House Representative Kelly Alexander (D) told WBTV legislators may not have time to work on it.

The bill has been referred to the committee on rules.