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CHRIS KARDISH
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina House Republicans have filed legislation granting driving privileges to undocumented immigrants while adding new enforcement measures, including a provision allowing law enforcement officers to check immigration status during stops or arrests if they reasonably suspect a person is living in the country illegally.

The bill filed Wednesday by four Republican lawmakers would establish restricted one-year permits, along with a measure that authorizes law enforcement to detain those suspected of living in the country illegally for up to 24 hours to check their immigration status.

Rep. Harry Warren of Salisbury, a primary sponsor, told the Associated Press the bill is intended to promote public safety in a fair and balanced way.

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