After a 64-53 vote, HB 33 has moved on to its third reading in the North Carolina General Assembly. HB 33 would ben the Matricla Consular ID issued by the Mexican Consulate.

Yesterday, Rep. Paul Leubke (D-Durham) proposed an amendment that would allow parents to use the Matricula when interacting with the public school system. The NCGA decided to turn school secretaries into immigration officers and rejected the amendment. Those parents with children in the public school system, many of whom are U.S. citizens, will now be forced to abandon their children at the school house door.

Since undocumented children have the right to public education under the Supreme Court ruling Plyler V. Doe (1982), the NCGA’s move to harass their interaction with the public school system demonstrates yet another reason why immigration is not the prerogative of state governments. HB 33 is motivated by mean-spiritedness, idiocy or downright racism.

Find your legislator and call them right now. But here are some priority targets (via Latin American Coalition & Adelante NC):

Danny McComas, 919-733-5786. Thank him for opposing HB 33 yesterday and ask him to Oppose it today too.

Jeff Barnhart, 919-715-2009. Thank him for opposing HB 33 yesterday and ask him to Oppose it today too.

Tim Spear, 919-715-3029. Tell him you’re disappointed in his vote for HB 33 yesterday and ask him to Oppose the bill today.

Chuck McGrady, 919-733-5956, chuck.mcgrady@ncleg.net

Glen Bradley, 919-733-5860, glen.bradley@ncleg.net

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