Immigration

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    Appeals Court rules trial judge cannot force bail payment for deported immigrant

    A unanimous three-judge N.C. Appeals Court panel has ruled that a trial judge could not order forfeiture of $100,000 bond for an illegal immigrant deported by the federal government. Defendant David Lemus had arranged for the secured bond while jailed on a felony charge in Granville County in 2018.
    Mitch Kokai, August 18, 2020
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    New citizen counters the anti-American narrative

    Joshua Lawson of the Federalist discusses his new American citizenship. It was the fulfillment of a decades-long dream and is, so far, my happiest memory apart from my wedding day. But if you listen to the corporate media or watch the majority of entertainment produced today, my decision…
    Mitch Kokai, July 2, 2020
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    Legal action has shined a spotlight on a controversy involving a multimillion-dollar N.C. Medicaid contract. Donald van der Vaart analyzes the controversy on the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Joseph Coletti explains why he believes Gov. Roy Cooper’s approach to post-COVID-19 budget issues has been…
    Mitch Kokai, June 26, 2020
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    Unanimous N.C. Supreme Court agrees trial judge cannot interfere with sheriff holding illegal immigrants for the feds

    The N.C. Supreme Court has agreed unanimously that illegal immigrants held in jail under an agreement between the county sheriff and the federal government cannot challenge their detention in state court. The decision has no direct bearing on defendants Carlos Chavez and Luis Lopez, whom the Mecklenburg County sheriff…
    Mitch Kokai, June 5, 2020
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    If not for Carolina Journal’s reporting, few people would have learned that the N.C. Department of Transportation had purchased a former circus train and parked its cars in a wooded area of Nash County. Rick Henderson discusses that story for the next Carolina Journal Radio. Henderson also…
    Mitch Kokai, March 6, 2020
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    Supreme Court Says Kansas Can Prosecute Illegal Immigrants for Identity Theft

    From the Syllabus: Kansas makes it a crime to commit “identity theft” or engage in fraud to obtain a benefit. Respondents, three unauthorized aliens, were tried for fraudulently using another person’s Social Security number on the W–4’s and K–4’s that they submitted upon obtaining employment. They had used…
    Jon Guze, March 5, 2020
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    AG targets sanctuary cities

    Zachary Halaschak writes for the Washington Examiner about the U.S. Justice Department’s approach to so-called “sanctuary cities.” Attorney General William Barr announced new measures to combat sanctuary cities in what he called a “significant escalation.” Barr, 69, made the announcement on Monday at the National Sheriff’s Association 2020…
    Mitch Kokai, February 12, 2020
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    Immigration and U.S. House seats

    Paul Bedard of the Washington Examiner highlights a new report that tallies the potential impact of immigration on U.S. House representation, including North Carolina. The 10-year surge in illegal and legal immigration has exploded the populations of mostly Democratic states enough that the 2020 Census is likely to…
    Mitch Kokai, December 20, 2019