Local News
5:13 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Obama's Immigration Speech Leads To High Hopes, Questions From Local Immigrant Group

President Barack Obama says he will lay out his plans to overhaul America's immigration system on Thursday night.

Thursday night, President Barack Obama will lay out his plan to overhaul America’s immigration system. 

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Local News
6:10 am
Fri August 2, 2013

After Long Journey, What Refugees Find Upon Arrival

Moments after arriving to the Charlotte airport as refugee, Khup Than Lun embraces her great-nephew. The two haven't seen eachother in two years, since they were both living in Malaysia after fleeing Burma.
Briana Duggan

There’s a lot of debate surrounding immigration, but there is one kind of immigration that receives bipartisan support– that of refugees. More than 2,000 refugees resettled in North Carolina last year. We often hear about what refugees have to leave behind – war and persecution – but what is waiting for refugees when they get here? 

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Tue May 7, 2013

The Immigration Bill

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.

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9:14 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Immigrants Line Up For DACA Licenses

Nineteen-year-old Pedro Caram, who has deferred status, crams for his driver's license test.

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.

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A Trifling Place
5:13 am
Mon January 21, 2013

Episode 3: Where Do You Live?

Henry Chirinos is the owner of El Purgarcito, a Salvadorean restaurant on Central Avenue.
Tanner Latham

Welcome to "A Trifling Place," a podcast dedicated to exploring the ins-and-outs of Charlotte.

Just last year, more than 20,000 people moved to Charlotte. Many come from colder climates in the North and Midwest and a growing number of people are also moving to Charlotte from states farther South, like Florida.  

Deciding where to live is a big decision, so I'll share with you my first impressions of Charlotte: Immigrants on Central, artists live in NoDA, hipsters occupy Plaza Midwood, Myers Park is old money, Dilworth has some high-profile mistresses, Ballyntyne is new money, college students live in University City and West Charlotte's got the airport. 

So where are all these new people to Charlotte settling?

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NC Health Professionals Visit Mexico
1:00 pm
Tue September 27, 2005

NC Health Professionals Visit Mexico

(9/27/05) A group of North Carolina health professionals is headed to Mexico to observe that country's health care practices. During the last decade, North Carolina's Latino population has exploded, and that growth has affected local medical professionals who treat immigrant patients. WFAE's Jaime Bedrin spoke with Dr. Jane Neese of UNC Charlotte and asked her what she expects to gain from her trip to Mexico.