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North Carolina family immigration procedures lead to public rally

The North Carolina governor's Executive Mansion was the scene of a recent rally and public call for action. Family immigration procedures are at the heart of the debate fueled by Governor McCrory's recent participation in a lawsuit against President Obama's executive orders to provide benefits to immigrant families. The crowd recently gathered outside the governor's mansion and expressed their anger toward his challenge of the executive orders.

A spokesman for the rallying immigrants lamented that some members of these families are afraid to fully participate in their day-to-day community lives. He said that many are afraid to drive their cars or attend worship services. One 20-year-old young woman whose parents are eligible under the proposed Deferred Action for Parents of Americans plan said that she fears being forced to go back to her parents' native land, a place she has never even seen.

The governor stated that it is important to challenge President Obama's unilateral expansion of power and that it is unfair for populous states, such as North Carolina, to be made to bear the brunt of the potential costs of the president's actions. Advocates of DAPA claim, however, that the state is costing itself money by forcing immigrants to live in fear, rather than fully take part in the marketplaces and commerce of their communities. According to DAPA supporters, being able to openly contribute to society would lead to a boost in the state's economy.

One advocate projected that a potential $197 million would be added to North Carolina's economy if those eligible for DAPA would register. It was reported that the current legal ruling on the challenge of the executive orders is being appealed. Those with questions regarding family immigration procedures or other issues pertaining to DAPA or DACA can consult an available legal team in order to gain information and clarification on matters at-hand.

Source:, "Families rally in Raleigh against North Carolina's part in immigration lawsuit", Elaina Athans, May 19, 2015

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