Readers, you had a lot to say about local politics and civic goings-on in the region this year. From tourism and development to bears and the county government scandal, here’s a look back at some of the hot topics that sparked your opinions.
“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.
A round-up of the five most-read news stories of 2013 on Mountainx.com.
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.
Thank you, Loida Ginocchio-Silva, for working so hard to educate yourself and for having the courage to speak up for immigrant students [“Stymied,” July 6 Xpress]. I appreciate that, in spite of bad policies that make it nearly impossible, you haven’t given up on getting your education. Stopping you from going to college wouldn’t help […]
Thank you for publishing Martin Ramsey's wonderfully succinct and well-reasoned letter "No Borders" [July 20 Xpress]. Given the ever more polarized and vocal ravings, both locally and nationally, of the self-centered, greedy, ignorant, delusional and immature, and their championing of right wing “causes” that are utterly opposite to their own best interest (due in no […]
First and foremost, I'd like to thank Xpress for printing the July 6 article on immigration and education [“Stymied”]. I found it to be informative. I'd also like to ask Miss Ginocchio-Silva to perhaps reconsider the kind of education she will get in our state's system, if we can infer anything from the anti-immigrant sentiments […]
I used to be a bleeding-heart liberal, but it's issues like illegal immigration that have helped me to get over that. My grandparents and my mother were immigrants, but they were legal. Probably most immigrants to this country have been legal until fairly recently. Why are we making an exception for one particular group of […]