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NC Justice Center - Changes To “Public Charge” Rule Penalize Low Income Immigrants PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Tuesday, 25 September 2018 09:22
The White House finally released its “public charge” draft rule. The proposed rule includes mandates and requirements that undermine our current family-based immigration system, using executive rules to penalize immigrants working low-wage jobs and shifts our immigration policies to benefit rich immigrants over hard-working immigrant families. 
 
The proposal does not include several of the elements included in a draft released earlier this year that advocates feared would have radically changed existing immigration policies. The draft stated if U.S.-born children or other family members use public benefits for which they qualify, the government would use it against an immigrant in determining whether they could obtain lawful immigration status. 
 
Regardless of whether they use any public benefits, immigrants can still be penalized under the latest proposed rule simply for having an income under 125 percent of the federal poverty line. The rule makes it clear that there will be broader, additional scrutiny of an immigrant’s economic situation, considering their credit history and scores, or lack thereof. 
 
Not only do such changes put money over family and the wealthy ahead of working individuals, they also fail to recognize the skills of workers with low incomes across the spectrum. Caregivers and parents who stay at home with their children will not be recognized for their critical work – under the rule’s parameters, they have no official work history and therefore are unacknowledged as contributing to their household. The proposal penalizes the elderly, sick, or individuals with disabilities for being physically unable to work. 
 
Even if an immigrant or their family members have never accessed a single benefit, they can still have their application for a green card rejected based simply on the fact that they live in or close to poverty. Under the proposed rule even if an immigrant has a sponsor – an “affidavit of support,” which is considered as one factor in the totality of circumstances test – they could still be rejected. Immigrants in our state who work hard every day in agriculture, construction, caregiving, and hospitality will be penalized under this rule just because they don’t earn a living wage. 
 
Taken together, these changes are an extension of the Trump Administration’s anti-immigrant, anti-working families policies that seek to tear families apart. It’s clear this administration is continuing its efforts to punish these communities and dismantle the family-based immigration system as a whole with a rule that disproportionately affects people of color. President Trump continues to divide our nation while he guts schools, health care, and Social Security, and distracts us from a tax plan that gives trillions to corporations and the rich. 
 
We have joined hands — native born and immigrant alike — when Trump has gone too far, most recently to fight back against his cruel child separation policy. Instead of penalizing individuals because of their income, we should be focusing on keeping families together. 
Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 September 2018 09:25
 
Henderson Man Gets 12 Years In Federal Prison After Distributing Fatal Fentanyl Dose PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Monday, 24 September 2018 09:02
Senior United States District Judge W. Earl Britt sentenced Qydarius J. Small, a/k/a “Q” and “Peanut,” 20, from Henderson, North Carolina, to 144 months imprisonment, followed by 3 years of supervised release.
 
On January 10, 2018, Small was named in a three-count Superseding Indictment returned by a grand jury sitting in the Eastern District of North Carolina. The indictment charged Small with Distribution and Possession With Intent to Distribute a Quantity of a Mixture and Substance Containing Fentanyl, Causing Serious Bodily Injury or Death on August 28 and 29, 2017. On March 23, 2018, pursuant to a written plea agreement, SMALL pled guilty to distributing and possessing with intent to distribute a quantity of a mixture and substance containing Fentanyl, a Schedule II controlled substance, which resulted in the death of an individual.
 
On August 30, 2017, officers of the Henderson (North Carolina) Police Department responded to a report of a drug overdose at a residence. Upon arriving at the scene, officers found a deceased individual along with a hypodermic needle, multiple bindles of heroin, and a bindle of heroin uniquely labeled with a green stamp of the word “Thor.” The investigation revealed that the deceased was the victim of an overdose of heroin containing Fentanyl, and the drugs had been purchased from SMALL. A search of the victim’s cell phone revealed multiple text messages between the victim and SMALL discussing drug transactions and specifically a drugs with a “Thor[e] green stamp.”
 
Later that same day, officers of the Henderson Police Department used the victim’s cell phone to arrange for a controlled purchase of heroin from SMALL. As SMALL drove to the prearranged sale location with the intent to sell heroin to the deceased victim, law enforcement conducted a traffic stop. During a search of the vehicle, law enforcement found heroin stamped in green with the word “Thor” and a loaded handgun. SMALL was placed under arrest and taken to the Henderson Police Department.
 
United States Attorney Higdon commented, “Qydarius J. Small has been an active part in the opioid crisis and deaths that is tearing apart our country and destroying good communities like Henderson and Vance County, North Carolina. But now, with the imposition of a 144 month sentence, the people of Henderson can begin to recover from the horrible effects of Small’s actions. The Court’s sentence gives these communities that opportunity and we are very pleased that the United States Justice Department could play a role in achieving that result. I commend the Henderson Police Department for their excellent work in this case and bringing this man to justice.”
 
The case is a federal Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) criminal matter and was investigated by the Henderson Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Edward Gray prosecuted the case on behalf of the United States.
 
This case was prosecuted federally as part of the United States Department of Justice’s Opioid Initiative and the Take Back North Carolina Initiative of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina.
 
Implemented in March 2018, the Take Back North Carolina Initiative emphasizes the regional assignment of federal prosecutors to work with local, state and federal law enforcement and District Attorney’s Offices on a sustained basis in those communities to reduce the violent crime rate, drug trafficking, and crimes against law enforcement. The initiative targets those organizations and individuals who are responsible for increasing violent crime rates and drug trafficking – quickly routing the cases to federal court when prosecution in that venue would deliver the most significant impact.
Last Updated on Monday, 24 September 2018 09:05
 
Cooper Asks Feds To Pick Up Initial Florence Response Costs PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Monday, 24 September 2018 08:40
Governor Roy has asked President Donald Trump to cover 100% of initial disaster response costs for North Carolina. Typically, 75% of these costs are covered by FEMA with the remaining 25% paid by the state.
 
“North Carolinians are a resilient people, but the recovery from this storm will take years and will require continued assistance from our federal partners as we rebuild our state following two major hurricanes in the same area of our state in two years,” Gov. Cooper wrote in a letter.
 
Nearly 5,000 people have been rescued by first responders thus far, and with several rivers at major flood stage, rescue efforts remain ongoing. Flooding from the storm has devastated farms in eastern North Carolina and has dealt massive blow to North Carolina’s infrastructure, rendering hundreds of roads impassable and closing portions of Interstates 40 and 95.
 
Local, state and federal partners are engaged in ongoing recovery efforts to help those affected by the disaster. More than 61,000 storm survivors have registered for FEMA assistance and many are already receiving funds. Anyone with a home damaged by Florence in any county is encouraged to begin the FEMA registration process by calling 1-800-621-FEMA or visiting disasterassistance.gov. 
Last Updated on Monday, 24 September 2018 08:42
 
Senator Tillis Blasts Blasts Judiciary Democrats For Sitting On Kavanaugh Accusation PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 24 September 2018 08:31
Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) issued the following statement:
 
“Senate Judiciary Democrats deserve the criticism they are receiving from across the political spectrum for making a conscious decision to sit on this serious allegation for nearly two months without taking action. They have badly mishandled this and have done a disservice to the accuser, Judge Kavanaugh, and the American people.
 
“Allegations of misconduct must be taken seriously. That requires a fact-based process that is fair and respectful to both the accuser and the accused.  
 
“The Senate Judiciary Committee is beginning an investigation and is inviting both individuals to appear before the committee next week to ensure the allegation is thoroughly vetted and both individuals have a chance to speak. I support this decision.”
 
 
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