RALEIGH – Governor Pat McCrory says he took a stand Thursday to protect your state’s jobs with his second veto while in office. He vetoed House Bill 786, entitled the Reclaim NC Act.

The Governor says the bill would have allowed businesses to overlook a greater number of employees and whether or not they are legal citizens. He says, “Every job an illegal immigrant takes is one less job available for a legal North Carolina citizen.”

Seasonal workers are currently allowed 90 days of employment without going through the E-Verify process to check their citizenship. The bill Gov. McCrory vetoed would have extended the seasonal worker definition to nearly nine months, which the Governor says concerns him because it would open areas other than agriculture to the lack of review of employees.

***The bill would have created a study of whether or not to extend the seasonal worker limit past 90 days.