NC GOP attacks immigrants and home rule in one bill

Which they probably view as "efficient" lawmaking:

Language added to the measure Wednesday would prohibit cities and counties from adopting "sanctuary" rules for undocumented immigrants, either by local law or policy. Such rules limit when police and sheriffs' deputies can enforce federal immigration law. They also tend to curb the collection of information about a person's immigration status and limit when information about an undocumented person can be transmitted to the federal government.

Cities such as Asheville have adopted such rules because proponents there say it frees up police to concentrate on more troublesome, violent crimes. Advocates say it also helps law enforcement to establish better ties in immigrant communities.

Take it from somebody who lives in Alamance County, the home of rabid anti-immigrant Sheriff Terry Johnson: Going after undocumented workers *does not* make your area safer, it simply allows real criminals the breathing room they need to operate. Taking a brief break from their racial profiling, deputies are periodically forced to do their real jobs:

ALAMANCE COUNTY — Police have arrested at least 10 of the 18 people sought in Operation Spring Cleaning, according to a news release from the Alamance Narcotics Enforcement Team.

David Eugene Stanley, 41 * Bennie Dean Hamlett Sr., 74 * Javario Walton, 24 * Johnny Lee Gilchrist, 35 * Hazel Mann Fortner, 71 * Joel Hoover, 38 * Davika Hoover, 34 * Brandon Williams, 21 * Christi Lynn Nelson, 20 * Thomas Matthew Patterson, 26 *

Bolding mine. That is the most ludicrous name for a police operation I think I've ever seen. Nothing says "we've been putting this off for too long" quite like "Spring cleaning." Sheesh.

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Sincere religious beliefs

There are probably more than a few government officials whose sincere religious beliefs include the command in Leviticus 19:34, or the admonition on Hebrews 13:2.

But the stranger who dwelleth with you shall be unto you as one born among you, and thou shalt love him as thyself, for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.

Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.

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The measure of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little. - FDR