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How One Immigration Program Is Impacting North Carolinians

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In North Carolina some voters are weighing in on an issue that has a big impact on immigrant families. The 287(g) program allows local law enforcement officials to partner with immigration agents. Six counties in North Carolina currently have 287(g) agreements: Cabarrus, Gaston, Henderson, Mecklenburg, Nash and Wake. The program has become a hot topic in several of North Carolina’s County Sheriff’s races.

Host Frank Stasio talks to Felicia Arriaga about her research on the program. Arriaga is an assistant professor of sociology at Appalachian State University. Stefania Arteaga and Bryan Cox also join the conversation to share different perspectives on 287(g). Arteaga is an organizer with Comunidad Colectiva, a grassroots community organization that advocates for and protects the human rights of immigrants in Charlotte. Cox is the Southern Region Communications Director for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Amanda Magnus is the executive producer of Embodied, a weekly radio show and podcast about sex, relationships and health. She has also worked on other WUNC shows including Tested and CREEP.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.