A few hundred people gathered in uptown Charlotte on Tuesday to express their anger and fear over the president’s decision to end DACA. Here are what some of them had to say to WFAE's Alex Olgin.
President Trump's decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program, or DACA, brought a range of reactions in North Carolina. Congressional Democrats called it a betrayal and cold-hearted. Republicans applauded, though they disagree on how far to go with a law to replace DACA. Immigrant advocates hope for a compromise to help DACA's so-called "dreamers."
Updated 4:54 p.m. North Carolina Senator Thom Tillis is applauding the Trump administration's decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program, or DACA. Tillis said Tuesday morning it should be up to Congress to set a long-term policy on the status of immigrants who arrived as children.
Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney says he's struggling to recruit Latinos and other Spanish-speaking officers, as the city's Hispanic community grows. It’s now about 13 percent of the population, but only about 6 percent of CMPD’s 1,900 officers are Latino.
Audio of WFAE's David Boraks interviewing U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis.
U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis is used to fielding a lot of questions. It goes with the job. But many questions in the last two weeks have concerned his health since he passed out during a road race in Washington, D.C.
"I ran the fastest 2.5 mile race of my life. Unfortunately, it was a 3-mile race," he quips.
As you can tell, Tillis says he’s fine. He says he just didn’t hydrate properly.
Of course, Tillis still gets asked about President Trump, Russia, health care, and immigration - all topics he addressed with WFAE’s David Boraks.
May 1st is celebrated around the world as International Workers Day. In Charlotte and around the state, rallies showed support for a particular class of workers - immigrants. About 250 people marched in uptown Charlotte.
WFAE's David Boraks talks with Sarah Delia about today's "Day of Resistance" march in Charlotte.
About 250 immigrant advocates were marching through uptown Charlotte Monday afternoon, along with other marches taking place around the country. The rally supporting unauthorized immigrants kicked off around noon in Marshall Park . WFAE's David Boraks reports from the scene for our 2:00 p.m. newscast.
A coalition of immigrant and advocacy groups have planned a second citywide boycott, rally, and march for Monday, May 1, during which they will call on Charlotte's corporate and government leaders to take bolder steps to support local immigrants and refugees.
Ever since President Donald Trump's executive orders in January, immigration officials have insisted that when it comes to enforcement, it's business as usual - mostly. Statistics are hard to come by, especially at the local level. But there are signs of a shift at Immigration Customs & Enforcement, or ICE.
Business leaders in the region's immigrant communities say President Trump's tougher line on immigration is having a chilling effect on businesses and the broader economy. Fear and uncertainty are keeping some shoppers home and threatening to dampen investment in immigrant businesses - one of the fastest growing parts of the economy.