It has been a year of triumphs and tribulations for Charlotte’s immigrant communities
Reporter Laura Brache gave us an inside look at what many go through as they navigate the often cumbersome U.S. court system.
Brache spent a day with Charlotte immigration attorney Jordan Forsythe as she helped her client navigate one of the nation's toughest immigration courts. In Charlotte’s court, 80% of asylum cases end in deportation.
Reporter Maria Ramirez Uribe looked into data from Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University that showed North Carolina ranked last in the country for the likelihood of having representation in immigration cases.
She spoke with attorney Rebecca O’Neill, the co-founder of the Carolina Migrant Network, about why North Carolina lags so far behind in representation.
We looked into how the Biden administration’s announcement in March granted temporary protected status to Venezuelans living in the United States. Brache took us into José Miguel González’s family and their journey to Belmont from Venezuela.
Around 120,000 day laborers across the United States stand in groups each day waiting for employers to offer them a job. Most of the time they’re offered work for the day. Many day laborers already lived in poverty before the coronavirus pandemic hit and took most of their jobs.
Ramirez Uribe shared how day laborers in Charlotte weather the job uncertainty that has come with the pandemic.
Mayda Vargas lost her partner after she says he was killed by gang members in Guatemala.
She then began seeking asylum in Charlotte — with one toughest immigration courts in the country — and trying to rebuild the life she left behind.
Ramirez Uribe carefully brought us Vargas’ story of resettling after fleeing her home.
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