Billboard Campaign in North Carolina to Support Immigrants



A non-profit organization in North Carolina is planning to kick off a campaign to put on full display just how much they value the state's immigrants.

Uniting NC, which is based in Raleigh, is unveiling a statewide billboard campaign.

One of the billboards, according to its Web site,, will read: "Thank you, North Carolina, for making our family a part of yours!" The message has an accompanying photo of an apparently young family of three.

The launch of the campaign was scheduled for Tuesday at the offices of Que Pasa Media in Raleigh.

Participating in the news conference will be Rabbi Eric Solomon of Beth Meyer Synagogue; the Rev. Diane Faires of St. Paul's Christian Church; and Fiaz Fareed, the outreach coordinator for the Islamic Association of Raleigh.

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Uniting NC says the three faith leaders will call on North Carolinians to "welcome the stranger" this holiday season and to treat immigrants with respect.

Another billboard, according the non-profit's Web site, reads: "I was a stranger and you welcomed me. - Matthew 25:35" The billboards features two young children smiling, too.

The campaign also includes videos and public service announcements.

The first billboards will go up in Raleigh, followed by Durham, Mebane, Charlotte, Asheville and Goldsboro. More than 250 people paid for the billboards.

Based on reporting by The Associated Press.

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