Nativism Watch

FAIR affiliate to hold May 27 ‘action day’ in Raleigh, N.C., lobby for nativist policies


Imagine2050 Staff • May 19, 2015

On May 27, anti-immigrant activists in North Carolina will meet at their state’s general assembly building to urge state lawmakers to adopt nativist policies. These anti-immigrant activists have ties to Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), which has been designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

The primary group organizing this lobby day appears to be NC Listen, though other local anti-immigrant groups may join them. NC Listen’s director, Ron Woodard, alerted supporters to this upcoming “action day” occurring in Raleigh. According to the alert, participants will focus on two goals:

  • Opposing HB 328, which would allow some undocumented immigrants access to driver’s licenses.
  • Supporting HB 318, which would increase the number of employment sectors required to use E-Verify. The bill would also prevent matricula consular and similar documents obtained from consulate offices from being acceptable forms of identification.

“I will have handouts, let you know which offices to visit, and let you know what to do,” Woodard writes. “Small groups of us will spread out to accomplish this. It’s worked in the past.”

FAIR lists NC Listen as a state contact group on its website. During FAIR’s annual Hold Their Feet to the Fire event in 2013, Woodard was honored with the group’s “‘We The People’ Leadership Award.”

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