With the explosive growth of the banking industry over the past 40 years in Charlotte, the city’s immigrant population has also increased sharply. Between 2000 and 2010, the immigrant population nearly doubled from 4.7 - 8.4 statewide, spurred by rapid real estate growth and the corresponding demand for jobs in construction and the service industry. However, Charlotte has not been immune to the increased enforcement from US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, seen in recent months nationwide. After a single week in February that saw more than 100 undocumented immigrants arrested and facing deportation, a renewed sense of unease has swept into the Latino community. The city’s leadership has said that they are not helping to enforce these arrests, but they haven’t outwardly denounced them either. On this week’s #DiscussCLT podcast, we talk to Oliver Merino, community activist and Programs Coordinator for the Levine Museum of the New South. Merino immigrated to Monroe, NC when he was ten years old and was eligible for DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, when the Obama administration founded it in 2012. As a community activist, Oliver has been a leader in the push for immigration rights, helping to organize the record-setting crowds at Uptown rallies in February and May.