undocumented immigrants


DeSantis’ compassionless conservatism underscores urgency of real immigration reform

BY: - September 22, 2022

‘The migrants are human beings, and we’ve got to treat them like human beings. They are being used as political pawns to get publicity,’ U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, of Texas, said Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ decision to airlift 48 migrants from San Antonio, Texas to the island resort of Martha’s Vineyard, Mass. last week was depthless in its cruelty and cynicism, evoking the worst of America’s nativist and segregationist history.

The tragicomedy of the U.S. immigration debate

BY: - April 15, 2022

The debate about the elimination of Title 42, a public health measure that expels migrants attempting to seek asylum, with certain exceptions, is just another chapter in the sad saga that is the migration discussion in this country, which is not based on solutions, but exploiting the issue for political-partisan ends. It’s the same tired […]

Democrats’ vision for free community college would boost undocumented students

BY: - October 5, 2021

Proposal would address failure of states like NC to help DACA kids WASHINGTON—The massive economic policy package Democrats are trying to muscle through Congress could open the door to free community college for undocumented immigrants. But that lifeline for many people now denied access to higher education could also reignite controversies in Republican-leaning states over […]

Biden administration rolls out new rule to bolster DACA as lawsuit continues

BY: - September 27, 2021

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration on Monday unveiled a proposed new rule that would strengthen the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program to protect undocumented people in the program from legal challenges. The proposed rule, announced by the Department of Homeland Security, would “preserve and fortify” the DACA program, an Obama administration-era initiative that protects […]

U.S. House reconciliation package would provide path to citizenship

BY: - September 7, 2021

DACA program participants among the groups that would benefit A provision tucked in the $3.5 trillion reconciliation package would direct Congress to chart a path for citizenship for millions of undocumented people. If passed, the House provision would provide a pathway to citizenship for those in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program — often […]

No, undocumented immigrants don’t commit more crime. Research shows they commit a lot less

BY: - August 3, 2021

New study undermines claims of a dangerous border It’s an article of faith in some corners of politics and the media: All those undocumented immigrants crossing the southern border are making crime much worse in the United States. But new research gives the lie to that assertion.


Veteran attorney: Now is the time for NC to end tuition discrimination against immigrants

BY: - November 2, 2020

In case you missed it last week, be sure to check out a powerful essay authored by veteran North Carolina attorney Hampton Dellinger for WRAL.com. As Dellinger explains, it’s long past time for North Carolina to make higher education accessible and affordable to young, undocumented immigrants by allowing young people who’ve grown up here and […]

Elected officials pledge stimulus checks to help immigrants during pandemic; here’s how you can too

BY: - April 21, 2020

Several elected officials from Raleigh and Durham have pledged to share their federal stimulus checks with immigrants who are cut off from COVID-19 aid. The pledges to donate money are part of a #ShareYourCheck challenge started by the Latinx grassroots empowerment organization, Siembra NC, to encourage people to contribute part or all of their COVID-19 […]

HB 319 would create needed tuition equity for immigrant youth

BY: - May 10, 2019

While many are celebrating graduation this time of the year, the future isn’t as bright for some graduates of North Carolina high schools because of a challenging landscape of immigration policy. A recent study from the Migration Policy Institute reports roughly 100,000 undocumented youth will graduate from high schools across the country.  North Carolina ranks […]

ICE admits ramping up NC immigration enforcement in response to urban areas not working with them

BY: - February 8, 2019

The historic Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids this week were not a fluke — they were a direct result of refusals in urban North Carolina counties, like Mecklenburg, Wake, Orange and Durham counties, to work with the federal agency. ICE Atlanta field office Director Sean Gallagher told reporters Friday morning that the more than […]


Editorial: “Inhumane” Trump administration to blame for Sunday’s border chaos

BY: - November 26, 2018

President Donald Trump’s “inhumane” urging for anti-immigrant policies is to blame for this weekend’s border chaos, a new editorial from The Charlotte Observer says. As we wrote at Policy Watch, Trump deployed a Fox News-fed panic over a migrant caravan to bolster Republicans in this year’s midterm elections. And the president’s administration has been roundly […]