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March 2015 Archives

Some claim student immigrants are pushed out by teaching staff

According to one school district's data, it costs $2,000 more in that district to educate a foreign emigrated student than one who is native to the United States. At an average cost of almost $10,000 per native-born student in the district, the added amount is thought by some to be quite burdensome. Staff in some of the nation's high schools outside North Carolina have been accused of threatening undocumented immigrants with deportation in an underlying effort to subtly encourage them to drop out of school.

Temporary visa protected status remains highly contested issue

In North Carolina and beyond, many foreigners cross the nation's borders claiming that they are fleeing danger or extreme poverty.  In 1990, a temporary visa that offers protection was enacted as a humanitarian effort to aid those suffering from civil strife in their homelands and those seeking respite from alleged threats of violence. Some have asserted that while the intentions of the temporary protective status act were good, the residual effects have proved detrimental to the nation as a whole.

Federal judge angry over deportation issues, sanctions possible

Many North Carolina immigrants, as well as those in other states, are undocumented adults who were brought to the United States in infancy or early childhood. They grew up in America, attended American schools and are now adults who are making a living and contributing to the nation's economy. Recently, the debate over deportation reprieves for childhood immigrants has created a controversy that led to a federal judge threatening sanctions against the Obama administration.

Undocumented immigrant influx slows in North Carolina and nation

Following up on our latest blog post regarding legal issues about immigrant children ("Child immigrant advocates concerned with deportation orders," March 19), North Carolina has often been the chosen location for many who have crossed borders into the United States. Often, an undocumented immigrant is a child who is not accompanied by any adults. The federal Department of Health and Human Services, which is responsible for taking care of the children while deportation proceedings are pending, recently requested nearly $1 billion from the federal government to fund this initiative; moreover, a proposed contingency fund of another $400 million has also been requested.

Work-related injuries cause problems for undocumented immigrants

In North Carolina and beyond, many workers are undocumented immigrants. A recent article pointed out problems that often arise for these individuals when they suffer work-related injuries. Although those who come to the United States without the paperwork needed to make them eligible for employment are being hired, they are not being given the same benefits as other employees when they are injured on the job. 

Child immigrant advocates concerned with deportation orders

Some in North Carolina might share the opinion of advocates who have recently stated that a crisis that once involved issues of border-crossing is now primarily a due process crisis. Advocates for those involved in immigrant issues have expressed a growing concern with increasing numbers of ordered deportations of children. Part of the problem, they say, is that thousands are being ordered out of the country without being given appropriate notice of upcoming court hearings.

Legislation might affect undocumented immigrant in North Carolina

An executive order signed by President Obama regarding immigration has remained a hotly contested topic in political arenas of late. A congressman from North Carolina has introduced legislation in the U.S. Congress which would have an impact on any undocumented immigrant who hopes to receive an income-based earned tax credit. Opponents see the congressman's actions as an obstacle to immigration reform.

North Carolina immigrants reported as assets to economy

An online report showed a boost in the economy of North Carolina. Some believe that the positive increases have been fueled in part by immigrants living and working in the state. An online report stated that those who have immigrated to the state have become valuable assets to the tax base, labor pool and business communities.

Graduates and professionals want to avoid deportation

New legislation may possibly affect undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children, were educated in the United States and achieved professional accomplishments in America. Some now fear that they will face a battle to avoid deportation. Many in North Carolina and beyond have college degrees, high-earning careers and a full command of the English language; however, they do not have a green card.

North Carolina immigrant visas issued through EB-5 program

A program that is government-approved, but not well known, is helping developers raise building funds throughout the nation. North Carolina is among the states where funds for construction projects are coming from wealthy foreigners who are interested in acquiring immigrant visas. When all requirements are met, the EB-5 program can lead to permanent residency in the United States.

North Carolina tuition rules seen as immigration discrimination

In an economy where many say just getting by is a challenge, being unable to afford a college education exacerbates the problem. North Carolina has been accused by some of immigration discrimination because undocumented students who are residents are not offered in-state tuition rates for post-secondary education. One student, recently interviewed, stated that the current system has created an undue hardship for himself and others in similar situations.