Believing “immigration status should not affect our rights,” a group of immigrant advocates released a list of demands for Charlotte and Mecklenburg County officials on Wednesday, most of which call for protecting and giving benefits to people in the country illegally.
Among the demands: ending all Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police motor-vehicle checkpoints and decriminalizing “minor” offenses such as driving under the influence of alcohol.
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The list was created by the Southeast Asian Coalition, Comunidad Colectiva and Alerta Migratoria, all of which are pushing city and county leaders to defy laws that call for the arrest and deportation of people who are in the country illegally. In Mecklenburg County, experts estimate that could be as many as 54,000 people.
While the list mostly deals with issues facing undocumented immigrants, the groups say they are also advocating for “black and brown people in Charlotte-Mecklenburg (who) are constantly policed and criminalized by members of law enforcement.”
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