DACA

A Charlotte teenager faces a felony larceny charge - and - possible deportation to his native Mexico. Eighteen-year Gustavo Zamudio is accused of embezzling $2,900 from a Harris Teeter store where he worked. He has a court date on the theft charge on Tuesday.

Zamudio, a senior at Northwest School of the Arts in Charlotte, is currently in federal custody at a detention center in Georgia. The teenager has been protected under DACA -  the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program - designed for immigrants who entered the U.S. illegally as children.

But Zamudio's status under DACA was revoked with his criminal arrest. It used to be that deportation proceedings wouldn't begin until a conviction. Zamudio's case is an example of changing immigration policy under the Trump administration.  

WFAE's Mark Rumsey spoke with one of Zamudio's immigration attorneys. Carnell Johnson says he's seeing more cases similar to Zamudio's. 

Courtesy of Wingate University

College is hard for many students and families to afford. But take federal financial aid out of the picture, plus in-state rates for public colleges and paying for school becomes nearly impossible. That’s the challenge for students in North Carolina who are here illegally or have deferred status. Some private colleges in the Charlotte area are reaching out to these students. 


Immigrants Line Up For DACA Licenses

Mar 26, 2013

Monday was the first day immigrants who were granted deferred action status were eligible to receive their licenses in North Carolina. These are immigrants who were brought to the country as kids by their parents.

The design of the North Carolina driver licenses generated controversy last month when they were first unveiled because of the bold pink color that easily set them apart from other licenses. A new design was announced a few days ago.  

We spoke to a few immigrants standing in line today at the DMV office on North Tryon and Harris Boulevard to get their thoughts.


Tasnim Shamma

Dozens of immigrants stood on the corner of Trade and Tryon Street yesterday afternoon in Uptown Charlotte to protest the design of North Carolina's driver's license for young illegal immigrants.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation announced earlier this month that it would be issuing driver's licenses and identification cards to immigrants who are granted deferred action status by the Obama administration.

Wake Forest University

The North Carolina Department of Transportation announced last week that it would be issuing driver's licenses and identification cards to young illegal immigrants who are granted deferred action status by the Obama administration. But local immigration activists are not happy with how the licenses look.  

Deferred Action allows young people who came to the U.S. before they turned 16 to get work permits. But states have struggled with what that means in terms of granting drivers' licenses.