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RALEIGH—Several immigrants and supporters spoke out against adopting new anti-immigration policies Wednesday.
Advocates gathered outside the General Assembly building to send a message to lawmakers, who are exploring the issue later Wednesday afternoon. The House is considering several plans to clamp down on illegal immigration.
The group, We Are NC, wants to emphasize the contributions immigrants make to the state's economy and culture. They say immigrants pay taxes and work in the service and construction industry.
“Look very closely about, you know, all the contributions as well as the impact that has had on the economy in other states where this legislation has been passed," said N.C. Latino Coalition Director Mauricio Castro.
The N.C. Latino Coalition estimates there are about 800,000 immigrants in North Carolina.