Six pro-immigrant protesters were arrested outside of the North Carolina Governor’s mansion in downtown Raleigh on Thursday after they blocked rush-hour traffic in protest of a controversial new law that encourages local police collaboration with federal immigration authorities.
The demonstrators walked into traffic lanes of Blount Street at about 4 p.m. as more than 200 people encouraged them with chants of “We are America!” and “No papers, No fear!” The six demonstrators locked their arms together with long plastic traps as a man quickly shackled their ankles together.
Gov. Pat McCrory signed a law Wednesday that prohibits city and county governments from directing their police officers to not collect people’s immigration information and bars state or local government agencies from accepting consular registration cards or independently-issued cards as a form of identification.
At a bill signing at the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office in Greensboro, where the city council had opposed the measure, McCrory said his goal was to keep local governments from tying the hands of police officers who are collaborating with federal immigration agents. He said that while federal lawmakers have done little to address the 11 million people living in the country without papers, he wants to keep local authorities from passing immigrant sanctuary policies…