RALEIGH, N.C. (6/18/13)--North Carolina credit unions approved a resolution last week calling for the U.S. Congress to join with President Barack Obama to pass a comprehensive immigration reform law. The resolution was made at the North Carolina Credit Union League's 78th Annual Meeting.
Drafted and submitted by Self-Help CU in Durham, N.C., the resolution was unanimously approved during the league's business meeting June 11 in Pinehurst, N.C.
It details the impact immigrants have on the state's economy, including $22.9 billion in consumer purchasing power, and the more than $10 billion in receipts generated by and 63,000 jobs provided at North Carolina immigrant-owned businesses. The resolution also points out that North Carolina credit unions have been a leading service provider to immigrant populations through the years.
Immigration reform has surfaced as a legislative priority in Washington, D.C., in the aftermath of the 2012 election, the league said. The credit union resolution outlines a broad set of values to be included in any legislation that passes, including border security and a process for workers already in the U.S. to obtain earned legal status.
The credit unions also approved language calling upon immigration reform that respects national economic and security interests and fosters legal migration.
The delegates also called on credit unions and credit union organizations nationwide to voice their support for immigration reform.