House bill allows for moratorium, requires public hearings for local resettlement of refugees

RALEIGH – Counting House majority leader Mike Hager (R-Rutherfordton) as a primary sponsor, lawmakers in the North Carolina House of Representatives filed House Bill 1086 Tuesday that allows local governments to request a moratorium on the settlement of refugees and requires local governments wishing to resettle refugees to hold a public hearing before notifying the North Carolina Refugee Assistance program of the municipality’s available capacity.hager

House Bill 1086, further prohibits local governments from requesting the resettlement of additional refugees until it has documented it has the capacity to do so.

The issue of refugee resettlement in North Carolina was brought to the fore last year as a result of the confluence of the Syrian refugee crisis and the Paris and Brussels Islamist terrorist attacks.

“North Carolina has a proud tradition of providing a hand-up for those in need, including international refugees,” said Gov. Pat McCrory in November 2015.“However, because President Obama has increased the number of refugees from Syria coming into the United States from 2,000 to 10,000 and because of the terrorist attacks in Paris and the very real possibility that one of the terrorists entered France as a recent refugee, I am requesting that the federal government cease sending refugees from Syria to North Carolina.”

McCrory also lamented that the North Carolina officials are not notified by the Obama Administration of the identities or locations of refugees that are resettled in the state.