Immigration

Michael Marsicano, Foundation for the Carolinas CEO, speaking at the Foundation's annual lunch, Tuesday, April 2, 2019.
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The Foundation for the Carolinas is coming under renewed scrutiny this week over donations to an anti-immigration group from one of the funds it manages. The foundation says its wealthy donors decide where to give, and it doesn't add any restrictions as long as the charities comply with federal law. 

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The owner of a small, private Charlotte school was sentenced to 18 months in prison Tuesday for her part in a scheme that falsely enrolled foreign teens who were sought by basketball recruiters and coaches.

DACA students protest in this file photo.
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The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to hear oral arguments next month in a case that could determine the fate of the nearly 700,000 individuals protected by Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA.

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In a continuation of his fight against Mecklenburg Sheriff Garry McFadden, North Carolina Republican Sen. Thom Tillis today announced new legislation that he said would make it easier for local enforcement to honor detainer requests from the federal government.

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Ken Cuccinelli, the acting director of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, criticized Mecklenburg Sheriff Garry McFadden Wednesday in Charlotte for his refusal to honor jail detainers from the federal government.

Pedro Lopez was in seventh grade when a rumor began to spread through his school in 2008: Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents were raiding Agriprocessors, the meatpacking plant where his parents worked, in his small hometown of Postville, Iowa.

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Immigration advocates in Charlotte are raising concerns about the Trump administration's plan to expand fast-track deportations. A federal notice published Tuesday allows immigration officials to quickly deport some immigrants without some common due-process protections, including the right to an attorney and a hearing before a judge. 

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Immigrant communities across the U.S. were on edge Sunday as federal immigration raids were reportedly planned in several major cities. As of late Sunday morning, immigrant advocacy group Comunidad Colectiva had not reported any raids in Charlotte. 

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They were from countries from all over the world - such as Bhutan, Brazil, Eritera, Nepal, Togo and Ukraine.

Democrats in the statehouse joined the sheriffs of Mecklenburg, Wake, and Buncombe Counties today to condemn a measure that would force sheriffs to cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement. 

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On Monday night, President Trump tweeted that  Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents will begin removing “millions” of people next week who are in the country illegally.

Mecklenburg County Sheriff Garry McFadden
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Some North Carolina sheriffs, including Mecklenburg County’s, are opposing HB 370, a bill that would require them to cooperate more with federal immigration agents. The proposed legislation would also double the time to 96 hours that those arrested for other crimes and suspected of being in the country illegally, can be held in jail. Noncompliance could result in a sheriff being removed from office.

Two years ago, the Trump administration through the Justice Department changed policies making it tougher for migrants and refugees in the U.S. to be granted asylum.

One of the changes has created a growing backlog of pending cases in the courts -- with thousands of individuals seeking sanctuary status who now face deportation.

That includes one 21-year-old woman living in Henderson County. She’s fighting an order that would send her back to her native El Salvador, where she says a violent gang murdered her father and threatens to kill her, too.

Federico Rios, the city's immigration and integration manager, spoke to the city council Monday.
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City officials are drawing up recommendations for improved language services aimed at the city's immigrant communities. Those include a so-called "language-access plan," to make sure city services and written materials are available in the many languages spoken across the city. 

North Carolina House Republicans have pushed through legislation requiring all county sheriffs to cooperate with federal immigration agents, particularly by complying with written requests to hold defendants.

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The North Carolina Sheriffs' Association says it opposes a bill that would compel sheriffs around the state to honor ICE detainers.

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A move by several newly-elected North Carolina sheriffs to no longer honor requests from immigration agents to detain suspects has drawn the ire of Republican lawmakers. In February, Buncombe County Sheriff Quentin Miller announced the change saying it’s vital that immigrants can call the sheriff’s office without fear. 

Backed by North Carolina Republican lawmakers, a bill that would require local sheriff's offices to hold immigrant defendants in county jails is advancing through the General Assembly. The move comes after newly elected sheriffs have come through on campaign promises to sever ties with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The superintendent of North Carolina's largest school system is telling its immigrant students who are in the country illegally and their families that they will protect their rights in light of a recent surge in immigration arrests.

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Every day, immigrants living in the country illegally try to avoid detection. That fear of being found out has increased among many immigrants in North Carolina after a series of arrests by immigration officials last month.

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