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Lawmakers seek to modify proposed N.C. immigration bill

Greensboro is home to many hardworking, active individuals. While some of those people have lived in the city all of their lives, others have come from outside of the country, risking the challenges of immigration in order to find better lives. Their ability to contribute to the successes of Greensboro and North Carolina as a whole is threatened each time the state seeks to modify its stance toward non-residents.

Lawsuit honoring rights of immigrants moves forward

Protections and responsibilities outlined under American law are binding on all citizens. Some of these protections also apply to non-citizen immigrants and some do not. But other laws specifically related to visa and immigration matters uniquely protect non-citizens. When these laws are broken, non-citizens have every right to hold law-breakers accountable in court.

Some immigration deportation cases to get new treatment in court

We have mentioned previously on our North Carolina blog that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement revised its policy on deportation cases last year. In a memorandum written by ICE Director John Morton, the agency was given the authority to exercise prosecutorial discretion--that is, the ability to prioritize deportation cases and decide whether a particular immigrant's case merited the use of government resources. Those involving law-abiding illegal immigrants, for example, would generally not be pursued.

DHS releases report on immigration detention and deportation

North Carolina readers may be interested in a Department of Homeland Security report released last month. The report is full of data on the number of immigrants who have been detained and deported back to their home countries. The report shows two divergent trends in immigration detention. While Immigration and Customs Enforcement and other agencies are detaining record numbers of undocumented immigrants, the Border Patrol is reporting some of the lowest detention numbers in decades.

ICE will not file immigration case against undocumented activist

Greensboro residents may be interested to hear that Immigration and Customs Enforcement will not pursue a case against a journalist and immigration activist after police arrested him last week. He was on his way to deliver a lecture at Carleton College when an officer on patrol noticed that he was driving while wearing headphones. The officer pulled him over and took him into custody when the law enforcement database showed that the man's license had been revoked.

ICE: Immigrants in North Carolina protest will not be deported

Last week Charlotte played host to the Democratic National Convention, and immigration issues featured prominently in some speeches given on the convention floor. But immigration concerns also were expressed on the streets of the Queen City. A number of undocumented immigrants traveled across the country in an old bus and arrived in North Carolina to coincide with the DNC.

Deportation review process fails to yield expected results

A few prior posts on this blog have discussed the current administration's immigration policy aimed at deporting immigrants it deems threats to public safety or national security while providing reprieve for those without criminal records. A number of immigration advocates expressed enthusiasm that the new immigration rules would prevent the deportation of many law-abiding immigrants in North Carolina and around the country when it was announced last summer.

Some North Carolina immigrants could have deportation suspended

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement reported its highest-ever number of deportations last fiscal year. The agency removed approximately 400,000 people from the country. Despite setting a deportation record, a limit on resources prevents the government from pursuing every immigration case. Therefore, the government has announced a new immigration process that prioritizes certain cases while putting others on hold.

Deported man may lose children born in North Carolina

In 2003, a man came to North Carolina seeking a better life. He came to this country illegally, but he soon married a U.S. citizen and had three children. He was their only source of support and income, as his wife had a mental disability. But immigration officials discovered and deported him to Mexico, splitting his family into pieces. His children now reside with two foster families because his wife cannot provide for them and authorities refuse to reunite them in Mexico.

ICE declines to deport two immigrants in North Carolina protest

Immigration issues are at the forefront of the American political discussion at the moment. This is an election year, and some voters will undoubtedly be affected by the candidates' stances on immigration law. Immigration policies will affect North Carolina significantly. According to the Pew Hispanic Center, our state is home to approximately 325,000 "unauthorized immigrants," a category that the Center has created for immigrants born outside the U.S. but who do not fall under the heading "undocumented immigrants."

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