On February 15, 2019, Dr. Felicia Arriaga and two Appalachian State University students facilitated a workshop on immigration as it pertains to the state of North Carolina. Particularly, they focused on the various ways North Carolina local and state law enforcement has interacted and have been funded by federal programs through Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Workshop participants were asked to think about their views on immigration and deportation in North Carolina and how they viewed believe local law enforcement should work with ICE. Participants were also given information that compared North Carolina reactions to immigration such as California. The students that assisted with the workshop included sociology majors Ian Foley and Beauregard Groover. Other facilitators involved in the workshop included the University of North Carolina - Charlotte student, Julianna Sosa, who was a former student at Appalachian.
This workshop was part of the North Carolina Sociological Association's annual conference held at the University of North Carolina-Pembroke. Also, Dr. Arriaga and her students plan to take what they presented in the workshop and incorporate it into an ongoing research mapping funding streams from ICE to local law enforcement agencies in North Carolina. To learn more about this project, visit Arriaga's research page.