“As a community, we must come together and support our most vulnerable members.”
“How about coming legally. That’s a term that the lefties want to ignore.”
“Here’s a different idea: What if some [local] hotel owners, Airbnb owners and people with an extra bedroom or two decided to welcome a few families who are at the border to stay for free and raised the funds to transport them here?”
“Everyone knows that under the liberal ruling Democratic Party in Buncombe, the former county manager robbed the county blind. Now the new sheriff in Buncombe has already said he will not work with the immigration officials.”
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“In Western North Carolina, an April ICE raid placed 27 people in a detention center in Georgia, five hours away from their families.”
Immigration at the turn of the century spurred debate over policy, as well as the country’s future.
Over 1,000 people from Asheville and Western North Carolina participated in the “Families Belong Together” rally on downtown Asheville’s Haywood Street on June 30 to protest family separation at the country’s southern border and the current administration’s zero-tolerance immigration policy.
“Instead of being given the opportunity to build a better and safer life, as my family was, immigrant families are literally being torn apart for political theater. Seeking asylum is not in of itself a crime.”
“Undocumented alien is just as legitimate a descriptive as any of the words used for any other crime, which describes the criminal and the crime.”
“Reading that illegals have the temerity to insist that county commissioners do something to stop immigration enforcement should enrage anyone who believes in the rule of law.”
Henderson is the only WNC county that takes part in the federal government’s 287(g) program, which enlists local law enforcement personnel to help implement federal immigration law. That participation has become an issue in the race for Henderson County Sheriff.
Asheville is a city full of transplants that loves to celebrate its diversity. Yet the area’s third-biggest immigrant population goes mostly unnoticed.
Form the Get It! Guide: The Coalition of Latin American Organizations seeks to raise the voice of Western North Carolina’s immigrant communities.
On a recent Thursday night in a downtown Asheville church, a group of residents gathered to discuss “Coming Out of the Shadows” — what it’s like to be a “Dreamer’ one of the estimated 1.7 million youth who grew up here but were brought to the U.S. illegally by their parents.
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About 40 people rallied downtown today to support Luis Gustavo, an N.C. student seeking to return to the U.S., and call for reform to immigration law. Gustavo is a “DREAMer,” an undocumented immigrant who entered the U.S. at an early age and would have been allowed to stay under the terms of the DREAM Act, but left for Mexico when the act failed in 2011. (photo by Max Cooper)
Around a dozen people protested the deportation hearings of Francisco Hernandez of Marion, asking Sen. Kay Hagan to intervene in the case. (photo by Bill Rhodes)
In the wake of a raid at the Shogun Buffet on Brevard Road that sent 12 immigrant workers to jail earlier this month, a Raleigh-based nonprofit is sponsoring a series of billboards across the state that aim to put a human face on immigration.