Immigration


In this Wednesday, June 24, 2015 photo, Rev. William Barber speaks at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church in Raleigh, N.C.  (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
My Favorite Stories of 2020: NC In All Its Complicated Splendor

Politics and pandemics, it was a difficult and confounding year. Here’s a look inside my top stories of 2020 in NC.

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This Woman Came to the US for a Better Life. She Says ICE’s Abuse Awaited Her Instead.

Elizabeth was detained when her baby was just 4 months old. She is part of a class-action petition and complaint that includes 14 women who claim they suffered medical abuse while in immigration custody.

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Biden: I Will Create a Task Force to Reunite 545 Children With Families on Day One

The Trump administration separated thousands of children from their families at the border between 2017 and 2018, and 545 children remain without their families.

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545 Undocumented Children Are Orphans Because of Trump

The missing parents are from Trump’s 2017 pilot program to separate families at the border.

Immigration enforcement increases as Election Day draws near
Trump Administration Ramps Up ICE Raids Ahead of the Election

Two unnamed ICE officials told the Washington Post that the increase in raids were more about politics than enforcement, as President Donald Trump has repeatedly condemned so-called sanctuary cities.

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Trump Administration Knew What It Was Doing With Its Child-Separation Policy, Watchdog Report Says

A draft report from the Justice Department's inspector general revealed that Jeff Sessions and others encouraged the “zero-tolerance” policy that separated more than 4,000 children from their families at the US-Mexico border.

Immigrants provide an important economic engine in the United States, which bipartisan economy experts have repeatedly shown. Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has made boosting immigration a cornerstone of his platform, in contrast to President Trump (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images).
Biden Plans to Increase Immigration Again. This Could Be the Economic Boost the US Needs.

The Trump administration has slashed immigration. Bipartisan experts—and Biden—say boosting immigration will stimulate the economy at a time when the United States needs it most.