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December 2011 Archives

Immigration status is more than just a box to check

He was a good student in high school, and his family worked hard ever since they emigrated here from Bangladesh in 1991. After graduating from high school in North Carolina, Monji Dolon wasn't sure what residency box to check on his college applications. He's live in the United States for a majority of his life, but for no fault of his own, he is not a legal resident.

In Asheville, 100 march to show support for immigrants

Nearly 100 North Carolina protestors recently took to the streets of Asheville to protest a raid conducted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers. The protest, held on Dec. 18, was organized to support 12 employees of a local restaurant who were rounded up in the immigration raid, as well as to protest what demonstrators see as an outdated and impractical immigration law regime.

Three workers sustained injuries after falling almost 24 feet

Workplace injury is a cause for concern for those living in North Carolina and elsewhere. Recently, three workers from San Antonio who were working at the Martin Marietta Magnesia Specialties facility in Ohio were injured in a collapse as they were erecting a rebar concrete form.

North Carolina group tries to curb negativity around immigration

Imagine being constantly talked about in the news. Every time you turn on the TV someone is saying something about you. It is sometimes positive, but many times you are called illegal. The debate isn't whether you are a good person or someone who wants to be active in the community. The immigration debate seems to have had a constant focus on the use of the word illegal and mainly on how immigrants enter the country, not on how they contribute to the community.

Immigration reform debate continues in North Carolina

Like a lot of states, North Carolina is considering immigration reform and like a lot of states, there is disagreement about what needs to be done and how to accomplish it.

Construction workers' accident spurs protest

Some North Carolina workers face dangerous working conditions every day. Unfortunately, dangerous conditions can be made worse when construction contractors employ subcontractors who don't provide workers' compensation benefits to their employees. Such a situation would not only hurt a workers' ability to get compensation for injuries, but could also result in less safe working conditions and even more construction worker accidents.In the wake of a deadly accident in late October that killed a roofer, over 50 Connecticut carpenters held a strike. They claim that one construction company needs to be held responsible for subcontractors that hire employees who are not covered under their workers' compensation benefits.

Despite difficult beginning, woman is thriving with family by her side

Many people dream of coming to the United States. In some countries, work is difficult to find or war has torn the country apart. It can be an opportunity of a lifetime to come to the United States and gain citizenship. Although the process is good for some, that wasn't that case for one woman who came to the U.S. from Cameroon.The woman was brought into the U.S. with the promise of good paying job, as well as a safe place to live. In her native African nation of Cameroon, work is scarce. The lure of a steady income was too much for her to resist and she made the trip, being hired by a Greensboro family, originally from Cameroon, as a nanny. Upon her arrival, the family took her from the airport to their home where she was virtually held as a prisoner for five months.

North Carolina teenager killed in construction accident

North Carolina residents that are involved in accidents on the job may be entitled to workers' compensation benefits to pay for financial losses due to medical bills or lost wages. When a fatality occurs as a result of construction workers' accidents, compensation may be sought for wrongful death if third parties are found to be negligent. One North Carolina family may be entitled to such compensation after losing a family member in a construction site accident.The fatality occurred in South Carolina late last month when an 18-year-old man was involved in an accident with a backhoe. He was working for a construction company at the site of the future Giordana Velodrome in Rock Hill. The new Velodrome is being constructed to host the 2012 and 2013 USA Cycling National Championship.

Immigration rules appear to be applied unevenly under new policy

Enforcement of various immigration laws has perhaps always been seen as somewhat haphazard by many residents of North Carolina. Unfortunately, that perception may only worsen as authorities tasked with enforcement are left wondering how to apply new immigration procedures recently put in place by the Obama administration.