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Old 03-30-2007, 08:33 AM
 
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I hope this is not offensive as it is not meant to be. I am considering moving to Charlotte from Phoenix. I have seen our city of Phoenix over run with problems that involve illegal immigration. School, hospitals, gangs, violence increases, job loss, and return of diseases. What is the status of Charlotte's illegal immigration problem. I have read many articles that are somewhat negative regarding this and see a few areas and employers that cater directly to illegals is this true and if so what areas of Charlotte are effected? My husband is in law enforcement and I am a nurse, we are conservative and looking for a nice area to settle without going through the Phoenix ordeal again.
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Old 03-30-2007, 08:48 AM
 
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You are right concerned about illegal activity in an area to which you are considering moving. Why would anyone consider that offensive?

In answer to your question: Yes, Charlotte is fast developing the problems you described with illegal immigrants.
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Old 03-30-2007, 10:20 AM
 
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I am here now and came form Calif.Night and day as to what you see in regards to this. I know Phoenix is similar to Calif. in those regards and this in nothing compared! Dont worry
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Old 03-30-2007, 12:36 PM
 
Location: Rhode Island
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Can we assume it is similar to the crime situation and is more localized in some areas vs. others? Thanks.
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Old 03-30-2007, 12:46 PM
 
Location: Concord, NC
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The crime situation is not that rampant here. I have clients that came from southern California, stating the crime is a non-issue here compared to there. The crime is very localized especially on north tryon in the University area of Mecklenburg. Hope this helps.
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Old 03-30-2007, 12:48 PM
 
Location: Up above the world so high!
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Can we assume it is similar to the crime situation and is more localized in some areas vs. others? Thanks.
That would be correct. And truthfully they seem to be the victims of crime themselves much more often than they commit crimes. Native criminals have caught on to how illegals and immigrents in general don't trust banks and tend to have cash on them at all times.

The BIGGEST problem we have in NC and Charlotte with illegals is that even though they may not read English they are driving all over town, often causing accidents because they either don't understand the signs OR they are driving drunk. There seems to be a real cultural difference between us on that issue. Drinking and driving is something they do all the time in their home countries and don't understand why they shouldn't be able to do it here. We have had several VERY tragic accidents where drunk illegals have killed some innocent folks in horrific crashes. This is something our govenment needs to get a handle on, and quickly, before more people are murdered that way.
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Old 03-30-2007, 12:52 PM
 
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Can we assume it is similar to the crime situation and is more localized in some areas vs. others? Thanks.
It is localized until they drink a 12 pack, get behind the wheel, and drive the wrong way on 485.
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Old 03-30-2007, 03:12 PM
 
Location: NW Charlotte, NC
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... often causing accidents because they either don't understand the signs OR they are driving drunk. There seems to be a real cultural difference between us on that issue. Drinking and driving is something they do all the time in their home countries and don't understand why they shouldn't be able to do it here.

This isn't true, it's not a cultural thing.

People from other countries drive drunk in the US for the same reason that Americans may drive drunk in the US.
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Old 03-30-2007, 03:35 PM
 
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This isn't true, it's not a cultural thing.

People from other countries drive drunk in the US for the same reason that Americans may drive drunk in the US.
No, they don't. At least not the majority. There was a big story covering this issue in the media here last fall. Illegal immigrants and a spokeswoman for advocacy groups for illegals each stated this to be the case - that it IS a cultural thing. This advocacy group is trying to educate the illegals and actually positions people outside the popular latino bar hangouts on the weekends passing out flyers explaining that in America is it a crime to drink and drive. Believe it or not, they don't have these kinds of laws in central America - so many are ignorant to them when they come here.

Old habits are hard to break so even when they are informed that it is illegal many don't care - those interveiwed admitted that! They think they should be able to just live here the way they did back in whereever they came from. When I heard that my blood boiled. Advocates for these folks are keenly aware that this issue has made many Americans hostile towards the illegal and some legal immigrants.
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Old 03-30-2007, 03:45 PM
 
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This isn't true, it's not a cultural thing.

People from other countries drive drunk in the US for the same reason that Americans may drive drunk in the US.
I know people in the US drink and drive but they know they're taking a chance. I think it's more culturally accepted in other countries. I have a friend who lived in Argentina for a few years and was surprised to see a Police Officer standing on the street corner downing a beer in the middle of the day. They just have different customs.
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