Latin American Coalition

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8:47 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Obama Immigration Speech Met With Tears And Questions In Charlotte

Jorge Acosta's reaction when he realizes his mother doesn't qualify for President Obama's new immigration policy.
Tom Bullock / WFAE News

The crowd, at first, was eager. Members of Charlotte’s Hispanic community gathered Thursday night to watch President Obama announce changes in the enforcement to America’s immigration laws. As for the mood after the speech? That varied from person to person.

To say the room at the Latin American Coalition was packed is an understatement. Around 75 people poured in. Those who could, sat in chairs, others stood where they could or sat on the floor near the screen where the president’s speech would be projected.

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4:04 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Group Readies For Arrival Of Unaccompanied Immigrant Children

Since October, an estimated 57,000 unaccompanied minors have entered the country. The Border Patrol estimates that number could reach 90,000 by the end of September, although the number of daily arrivals is starting to slow.

As debate continues in Washington over how to deal with this surge, the Latin American Coalition is busy making plans to help kids they expect to eventually end up in the Charlotte area.

WFAE’s Marshall Terry spoke to the Coalition’s Armando Bellmas. Here's their conversation.

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5:03 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

N.C. Advocates, Business Leaders React To Immigration Proposal

The Latin American Coalition leads a march for immigration reform in Charlotte last week.
Michael Tomsic

"A good first step." That's how some North Carolina immigration advocates and business leaders are describing the immigration overhaul filed in the U.S. Senate Wednesday.


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9:17 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Hundreds March In Charlotte For Immigration Reform

People at the front of the march carry megaphones, flags and signs.
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.


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10:31 am
Mon December 10, 2012

Charlotte Groups Team Up To Help Legal Immigrants Become Citizens

Legal immigrants work through citizenship applications with volunteers at a local workshop.
Michael Tomsic

About 100 immigrants in Charlotte took a big step toward becoming U.S. citizens Sunday. They’re all legal residents. And as part of a national campaign, three local groups teamed up at UNC Charlotte to help them apply for citizenship.

The main thing that’s kept Hing Fu and his family from trying to become U.S. citizens is the cost.

"We are below the poverty line at the moment," Fu said.

He's a senior at UNC Charlotte. He and his mom emigrated from Hong Kong more than a decade ago, and his stepdad is from Mexico.

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Local News
9:51 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Impact Of Latino Vote Spurs Optimism For Immigration Legislation

Mary Espinosa is one of two speakers waiting to talk about the importance of voting at a Latin American Coalition briefing
Credit Michael Tomsic

In Charlotte, the Latin American Coalition is aiming to put its mark on the policies that follow the election. That's after Latino voters played a key role in reelecting President Obama, accounting for about one out of every 10 ballots cast nationwide and voting overwhelmingly for the president.

Mary Espinosa is a U.S. citizen, but some of her family members are not. That was the biggest thing on the 18-year-old’s mind as she walked into the polls this year to vote for the first time.

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