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January 2012 Archives

Detained for months, immigrant man will not be deported

In North Carolina and other states, debates about immigration laws and policies will play an important role in the upcoming presidential election. The recent case of a Salvadoran man perhaps signals a change in the way the United States will handle immigration issues.

Iraqi Kurds who helped U.S. military threatened back home

Even though the war in Iraq is formally over, everyone in North Carolina knows that the situation there is not entirely peaceful. There is still some fighting and one group that remains under threat of persecution and violence are the Iraqi Kurds who worked with the United States military during the Iraq war. While some Kurds have family in the United States, they are having trouble getting the necessary visas to immigrate.

Armored truck worker shot, suffers workplace injury

An armored truck worker might not seem like a typical job, and many of the people doing the job might not ever expect to actually be involved in a workplace injury. A North Carolina worker was shot today and suffered a serious injury when trying to work on an ATM at a bank. She was taken to a local hospital after being shot in the shoulder.

Increased deaths from North Carolina workplace accidents in 2011

Last year, 53 people in North Carolina were killed at their workplaces. Sadly, all of the workplace accidents that resulted in these deaths could have been avoided, according to the North Carolina Labor Commissioner. This is an increase in the number of workplace deaths from 2010.

Mexican man with end-stage kidney failure lost appeal, deported

For anyone in Greensboro with a sick family member knows just how important it is to get the appropriate medical care. When that family member is so ill that stopping medical treatment could mean death in a few weeks, families will do whatever they can to ensure that health care does not stop. Unfortunately, if the family member has a deportation order against him or her, the government may not take into account what effect deportation may have on his or her health.

Obama proposes change that makes permanent residency easier

Throughout North Carolina and the rest of the country, there are thousands of Americans married to people living in the country without legal permission. In order for these North Carolina families to be truly "legal" in the eyes of the federal government, the non-American spouse must return to his or her country of citizenship, obtain a visa and receive a green card. Unfortunately for many of the people who are living here without legal permission, leaving their family and the country could mean years of separation waiting to be readmitted into the country.

Potential for workplace accident from North Carolina company

Many people work in factories and processing plants around the country. Society depends on these jobs to make the products we need to survive. One North Carolina chicken processing company is now being fined for neglecting to adhere to safety standards set by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration. The fines come months after the company experienced a dangerous chemical leak.

ICE conducts unexplained immigration raid in Asheville restaurant

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 December 18, was to support 12 employees of a local restaurant who were rounded up in the immigration raid. Nine of the 12 are currently out on bail, although the remaining three continue to be held at a regional ICE center. Under the stated policy of the Obama administration, immigration enforcement is supposed to focus only on those undocumented immigrants who have engaged in criminal behavior or otherwise pose threats to the public. Yet, on December 1, ICE conducted a raid on Shogun Buffet and took into custody many people who have no previous criminal record. Many of the workers have families that they have established here.