Immigration reform

Jennie Murray / National Immigration Forum

Republican Sen. Thom Tillis spoke candidly before the National Immigration Forum on Thursday, touting his proposal to offer a potential 15-year path to citizenship to so-called "Dreamers," all while shrugging off criticism of the bill from conservative hard-liners.

"This will probably drive my press guy crazy," Tillis said, "But ... when I die, I'm going to be cremated. On my cremation urn or a little plaque next to it, I want to have two or three things -- husband, father, grandfather, RINO."

Jose Hernandez-Paris of the Latin American Coalition spoke at a press conference near the Charlotte office of Sen. Thom Tillis Tuesday.
David Boraks / WFAE-FM

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." 

North Carolina General Assembly

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.

Immigration

Jul 23, 2014
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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.

Services Mon. for Forest Service officer

Mar 16, 2014

Services are planned this week for Jason Crisp, the U.S. Forest Service officer who was shot and killed last Wednesday during a manhunt for a North Carolina killer.  A visitation is planned this afternoon at a church in Marion. Crisp’s funeral is Monday at McDowell High School.  Crisp and his dog were ambushed as they hunted for Troy Whisnant, who earlier had shot and killed his own parents. Investigators say Whisnant later fired at three other officers, who responded with deadly fire.

GENERAL BACK IN COURT MONDAY

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.

Hundreds March In Charlotte For Immigration Reform

Apr 11, 2013
Michael Tomsic

Hundreds of people marched two miles through Charlotte Wednesday to voice their support for immigration reform. The Latin American Coalition helped organize and lead the march.


Future Of Family Visas Worries Immigration Activists

Apr 8, 2013
Michael Tomsic

 Immigration advocates in Charlotte are waiting anxiously for a group of U.S. senators known as the "Gang of Eight" to unveil their plan for immigration reform.

That plan may create a path to citizenship for immigrants in the country illegally. But advocates are concerned that immigrants may also lose something as part of a deal – a chance to reunite with their families.