She took the right path.
When we told you about ICE raids in North Carolina increasing about 4 times over – from about 50 per week to around 200 – a lot of you started talking about the immigration debate.
How does it impact our community?
One immigrant from South America thinks the increase in ICE raids are a good thing.
Elaine Primo says she worked for years to come to the United States legally. She believes people who don’t go through that process are disrespecting the country and harming other immigrants.
“They don’t have no respect for the law,’ said Primo. “You break the law. You are here illegally, then you have the nerve to attack the system.”
That immigration system took Elaine Primo about 3 years to get through.
She’s from Guyana in South America.
“You hear so much about America, you know you want to come and get the opportunities,” said Primo.
Primo says her opportunity came true when her paperwork went through and she immigrated to the United States in 1983.
“I decided to obey and come in the right way,’ said Primo. “When I first come I work in a factory.”
Years later, Primo has built a life in America. Now she takes care of her daughter in Charlotte.
They like watching the news together.
Lately, with all the news of ICE raids, Primo thinks of her own immigration story.
“It’s not fair to tell one people well look you do it the right way and go through the process,” said Primo. Some people just come and want everything on a silver platter.”
ome community members disagree with Primo’s perspective.
“These are people’s lives we’re talking about, people that have set projections for the jobs, their lives their careers,” said Stefania Arteaga with Comunidad Colectiva.
Arteaga believes undocumented immigrants being deported by ICE is wrong.
“It makes people feel uncomfortable, it makes people scared. You know, that fear of being deported,” said one man in Charlotte.