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Cross-Post: Is NC FIRE Undocumented?

Imagine 2050 Staff • Dec 11, 2011

Originally posted by The Progressive Pulse on December 9, 2011.

Attend any legislative meeting at the NC General Assembly related to immigration or documentation of identity and you’ll likely find James Johnson in the front row, shoulder to shoulder with Ron Woodard of NC LISTEN and/or William Gheen of ALIPAC. Johnson, an advocate of Arizona style immigration controls, is President/Founder of North Carolinians For Immigration Reform & Enforcement (NCFIRE). Described variously as a non-profit organization, accepting tax deductible donations, and specifically as a 501(c)3 organization*, NCFIRE is curiously MIA when it comes to documentation of its own identity.

The organization is not listed as a non-profit corporation with the NC Secretary of State’s Office, nor is it listed as having been licensed by the Charitable Solicitation Licensing Section of the NC Secretary of State’s Office. This in itself is not unusual but NCFIRE is not listed in IRS Publication 78, Cumulative List of Organizations (eligible to receive tax-deductible charitable contributions). In response to a direct call, the IRS stated that there is “no record of tax exempt recognition by virtue of an approved application” for this organization.

“And that’s it, there’s no check, there’s no verification that the information they gave them was valid, there’s no check to make sure that they are actually who they say they are,” – James Johnson, President of NCFIRE, protesting a Mexican Consulate event.

While there are exceptions to every rule, the absence of paper trails or verification for an organization strong on verifiable documentation is troubling to say the least. In fact NCFIRE has a form letter to send to employers that includes these threatening statements:

“The I.R.S. does not take kindly to employers avoiding employee withholding taxes. Penalties for willful failure to collect, truthfully account for and pay, the withheld income taxes and employee’s share of FICA, amount to $500 per unauthorized employee. … We certainly wouldn’t want to see any business negatively impacted by reporting them to I.C.E. and the I.R.S.”

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