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What will the Alamance County Sheriff's Office do now that many undocumented immigrants will live legally in the U.S.? (See story, Criminal minds: racial profiling in Alamance County)

Starting today, DREAMERSUNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS who were brought to the U.S. as children, can apply for a two-year work permit and temporary relief from deportation.

The policy change is the result of an executive order by President Barack Obama. Executive orders do not require congressional approval or a thumbs-up from Alamance County.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is accepting applications online at It's complicated and bureaucratic—and costs money—so keep an immigration attorney on speed dial. An information session will be held at the Mexican consulate, 2000 Yonkers Road, Raleigh on Monday, Aug. 27, from 6–8 p.m.

There are several criteria for immigrants to qualify:

  • You must have been under 31 as of June 15, 2012 and came to the U.S. before age 16;

  • Have continuously resided in the U.S. since June 15, 2007

  • Were physically present in the U.S. on June 15, 2012, and at the time of the request to enter the program

  • Entered the U.S. without inspection before June 15, 2012, or your legal immigration status expired as of that date

  • Are currently in school, have graduated or earned a GED, or earned an honorable discharge from the U.S. Armed Forces or Coast Guard

  • Have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor or three or more misdemeanors, nor pose a threat to national security or public safety

Forget Obama vs. Romney or Dalton vs. McCrory. Public Policy Polling has finally surveyed North Carolinians on the most important social issue of the day: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE CHICKEN JOINT? No, not the elbow or the knee, but—wait for it—CHICK-FIL-A!

Forty percent of North Carolina voters surveyed said Chick-fil-A is their favorite fast-food chicken place. KFC came in second with 23 percent, followed by Bojangles at 18 percent.

When you break down the results in terms of ideology, conservatives prefer Chick-fil-A, probably because of the chain's anti-gay, über-right-wing stance, while liberals opt for KFC, perhaps because COLONEL SANDERS RESEMBLES KARL MARX, if Marx trimmed his beard and wore glasses and a Western tie.

Meanwhile, those damn carpetbaggers are tilting the poultry poll in favor of KFC, writes PPP's Tom Jensen:

"The biggest headscratcher to me and others on this poll was KFC outpolling the far superior Bojangles ... for second place. This appears to be a product of the excess yankification of North Carolina. Perhaps with time they will see the error of their ways."

Neither PAIN IN THE ASS nor ROYAL GOAT FUCK made the cut for naming for the interstate project that will ensnare traffic in Wake County for 11 miles and three years on I-40/440.

Nonetheless, the public offered some wonderful turns of phrase. You can vote for one of five finalists until Thursday, Aug. 14, at noon via the N.C. Department of Transportation,

Here is the list: Carmuda Triangle, Crawleigh, South-Wake Remake, Southern Discomfort and Wake-Over

The N.C. DOT launched the naming contest for the road rebuild due to begin in 2013. Traffic will be reduced to two lanes along the southern part of the Beltline from U.S. 1 in Cary to U.S. 64/264 in east Raleigh.

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