immigration

Yency Contreras
Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department

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.

U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis spoke with WFAE this week about health care, immigration and the climate in Washington.
WFAE/UNC-TV

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.

The Sorto-Herrero family posed with American flags at Marshall Park. From left Juan Sorto, Romeo Sorto, Maria Herrero, Marbella Betancourt and granddaughter Persphany.
David Boraks / WFAE

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.

Immigrants and supporters on Trade Street near the Federal Reserve Monday afternoon during the "Day of Resistance."
David Boraks / WFAE

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. 

February's 'Day Without Immigrant' protest drew thousands to uptown's Marshall Park
Tom Bullock / WFAE

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.

ICE officers making an arrest.
Immigration & Customs Enforcement

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.

Sarah Delia

It’s not often that we cover stories involving the theft of less than $3,000, but the case of 18-year-old Gus Zamudio is different because it involves immigration.

Jesus Pina assembles a tiramisu cake at Las Delicias Bakery on Central Avenue in Charlotte. Business there is down since President Trump's January immigration orders.
David Boraks / WFAE

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.

Tom Bullock / WFAE

The Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Department is one of just 37 agencies to participate in a federal program known as 287(g). It allows deputies to take part in enforcing federal immigration laws.

Participation in the program is voluntary and controversial.

On Thursday the Sheriff's Department hoped to answer questions about 287-G by allowing reporters to walk through the process.

Protesters Shout Down City Council With Chants Of 'No More ICE!'

Feb 27, 2017
David T. Foster III / Charlotte Observer

By Bruce Henderson & Steve Harrsion

Angry and scared over the Trump administration’s push to deport undocumented immigrants, about 200 protesters shouted down Charlotte City Council at its Monday night meeting with chants of “No more ICE!” and “Do something!”

The protest started at uptown’s Marshall Park. Activists then marched through uptown and filled the council chambers, where they demanded the city’s elected officials “stand up” to the Trump administration. Some cursed at city officials.

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