immigration en Group Readies For Arrival Of Unaccompanied Immigrant Children <p>Since October, an estimated 57,000 unaccompanied minors have entered the country. The Border Patrol estimates that number could reach 90,000 by the end of September, although the number of daily arrivals is starting to slow.</p><p>As debate continues in Washington over how to deal with this surge, the Latin American Coalition is busy making plans to help kids they expect to eventually end up in the Charlotte area.</p><p>WFAE’s Marshall Terry spoke to the Coalition’s Armando Bellmas. Here's their conversation.</p><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:04:34 +0000 Marshall Terry 55475 at Immigration <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The crisis at the border involving large numbers of unaccompanied minors adds more complexity to an already very difficult and divisive immigration problem in the US. Members of Congress can’t agree on what’s to be done, and there has been criticism of the Obama Administration’s efforts in immigration reform. We’ll be joined by experts who will discuss some of the reasons for this surge in numbers along the border, why the government can’t agree, and we’ll talk with two immigrants about their very different stories of immigration to the US and what their status is today.</span></p><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:00:00 +0000 WFAE 55332 at Immigration Task Force To Public: How Can City Be More Immigrant-Friendly? <p>A city immigration task force held the first of a series of listening sessions Thursday. The task force will make recommendations to the city council next year on how to make Charlotte more immigrant-friendly.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The City Council formed the Immigrant </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Integration Task</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Force primarily for two purposes: Make Charlotte more immigrant-friendly and capitalize on immigrant entrepreneurs.</span></p> Fri, 30 May 2014 14:16:57 +0000 Nick de la Canal 51969 at WFAE Talks Steve Smith (and a purple nurple), A Higher Ed. Dilemma For Some Immigrants, Solar Energy <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This week's show includes archival tape that involves Steve Smith and former Panthers backup quarterback Josh </span>McCown<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Greg and Ben also debate the Panthers' decision to cut Smith.</span></p><p>In more important matters, Greg, Lisa and Ben discuss the challenges that some immigrants have in paying for college, and why a solar energy idea was shelved.</p><p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 18:44:22 +0000 Greg Collard, Lisa Miller & Ben Bradford 46956 at WFAE Talks Steve Smith (and a purple nurple), A Higher Ed. Dilemma For Some Immigrants, Solar Energy The Immigration Bill <p>After months of negotiations by a bipartisan group of US Senators dubbed the "Gang of Eight," a new 800-page immigration package has been unveiled. This push for comprehensive immigration reform has been called a "good first step" by some with others voicing concern about certain parts of the bill. The architects of the bill, including South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, are urging Congress to move faster to make a decision about the bill in light of the Boston Marathon tragedy and the immigrants who allegedly carried out the bombings there. We'll dive into the bill to talk about what it covers, who would be affected and talk to a Charlotte immigrant to find out how this would change their immigration status and more, when Charlotte Talks.</p><p> Tue, 07 May 2013 04:00:00 +0000 26552 at The Immigration Bill McCrory Closes Latin Affairs Office <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">After more than a decade in operation, the state’s office for Latino Affairs has been closed by Governor Pat </span>McCrory<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, upsetting advocates in the community.</span></p><p> Mon, 01 Apr 2013 13:34:00 +0000 Ben Bradford 24276 at Charlotte Businessman Pleads Guilty To Immigration Fraud Scheme <p></p><p>A Charlotte resident pleaded guilty in federal court this week to running an immigration scheme that parlayed hundreds of temporary work visas into profits of $13.2 million.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Fri, 22 Mar 2013 20:33:21 +0000 Julie Rose 23823 at A 'Modern Day Scarlet Letter': Protesting Pink Licenses <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Dozens of immigrants stood on the corner of Trade and Tryon Street yesterday afternoon in Uptown Charlotte to protest </span><a href="" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">the design of North Carolina's driver's license for young illegal immigrants</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. </span></p> Fri, 01 Mar 2013 18:18:53 +0000 Tasnim Shamma 22408 at A 'Modern Day Scarlet Letter': Protesting Pink Licenses Charlotte In 2053: Long Island, New York? <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">What will Charlotte look like in 40 years? A couple of pages found tucked in the middle of a routine City Council report reveal some interesting things about the city’s future.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Staff prepared the report to answer questions from City Council transportation committee members about employment and population in the Charlotte area.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Here are the highlights:</span></p> Fri, 15 Feb 2013 14:44:38 +0000 Ben Bradford 21512 at