Immigration Law

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North Carolina to Issue Driver Licenses to DACA Grantees
Posted on 15 Feb 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The state Division of Motor Vehicles will comply with a state attorney general’s opinion and issue driver’s licenses to thousands of young [unauthorized] immigrants who are eligible to drive because of a federal program that gives them... Read More

North Carolina Company Indicted on H-2B Visa Fraud Charges
Posted on 5 Feb 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"A Vass company that secures foreign workers for agricultural and other work in the U.S. is accused of manipulating the worker visa program and illegally funneling people to companies. A federal grand jury in Greensboro handed down a 41-count indictment... Read More

Press Conference Tuesday: NC Activist Infiltrates Florida Detention Center to Prove Bad Policies Continue
Posted on 30 Jul 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Press Release: Contact: Cynthia Martinez 919.895.0253 NC Activist Infiltrates Florida Detention Center to Prove Bad Policies Continue Organizing inside jail, Viridiana fights deportations from inside prison... Read More

NC judge could terminate parental rights of deported worker, put US-born sons up for adoption
Posted on 10 Mar 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"When immigration agents deported Felipe Montes to Mexico two years ago, his three young sons were left in the care of their mentally ill, American-born mother in a small North Carolina mountain town. Despite immigration policies that allow for... Read More

Prosecutorial Discretion Victory in North Carolina
Posted on 4 Mar 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"A deportation case that started Jan. 11, 2012, was supposed to end in the departure of Flavio Ramos Cruz from the U.S. on Wednesday. But some striking turns of events over the year helped him remain in Lexington, the place he has called home since... Read More

Racial Profiling Alleged in Alamance County, North Carolina
Posted on 19 Aug 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"[T]he U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is investigating the Alamance County Sheriff's Office over allegations that it targets Latinos in traffic stops and checkpoints. The data supports the concerns: Compiled and analyzed by the Indy, traffic... Read More

Sign Up For Cable TV, Get Deported?
Posted on 12 Dec 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"A woman in Alamance County [North Carolina] who was trying to get cable service ended up in handcuffs instead. Now, she could be deported. It happened when Lorena Yanez-Mata walked into the Time Warner Cable office in Burlington to sign up for cable... Read More

N. Carolina Attorney General Opinion: DACA Grantees 'Legally Present' for DL Purposes
Posted on 17 Jan 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Based upon our review of the historical background and legal concepts applicable to prosecutorial discretion and deferred status in the enforcement of immigration laws, we believe that individuals who present documentation demonstrating a grant... Read More

$143K Class Action Judgment Against N.C. Notarios
Posted on 17 Jul 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Katharine Woomer-Deters writes: " Wanted to share this judgment we got in June 2012 against a local notario for $142,655.00 on behalf of a plaintiff class of approximately 275 former customers of the notario. The judgment has not been appealed, so... Read More

H-2B Visa Fraud Indictment in North Carolina
Posted on 21 Feb 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"n 2008, Stanley Porter started a small company called Winterscapes LLC with a fake purpose: bringing in 150 foreign workers under the H-2B visa program to be snow makers in the mountains of North Carolina. But some of the workers didn’t even... Read More

N. Carolina DVM Weighs DL Policy for DACA Grantees
Posted on 13 Jan 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"A spokesperson for the NC DMV said it is seeking a legal opinion from the attorney general's office on the policy. It is unclear when a decision will be made but those against it say they are prepared to fight. “If this is in fact going... Read More

Battle Over Driver Licenses for DACA Grantees Heats Up in North Carolina
Posted on 15 Jan 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Two of North Carolina’s leading civil rights organizations are asking state officials to reinstate a policy that allowed young immigrants who have been authorized to be in the United States and granted work permits under a federal program... Read More

Next Gen N. Carolina Driver Licenses Will Target Non-Citizens
Posted on 23 Feb 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The move by North Carolina to clearly mark all people who are not U.S. citizens on their next driver’s license raises a personal concern for Winston-Salem attorney Helen Parsonage, a British citizen who is a “permanent resident”... Read More

N.C. Ct. App. on Padilla Retroactivity: State v. Alshaif
Posted on 21 Feb 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"In determining whether Padilla is retroactively applicable, we find the reasoning of the Tenth Circuit in Chang Hong persuasive and join with those courts holding that Padilla announces a new rule of constitutional law and is not retroactively applicable... Read More