Immigration Reform

Local & Regional News
5:06 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Reactions To President's Immigration Order Mixed In Arkansas

While Arkansas's congressional delegation has expressed a disliking for President Obama's executive order to expand legal rights to unauthorized immigrants, some state groups who've advocated for reform are viewing the order with a mix of excitement and trepidation. Mireya Reith, director of Arkansas United Community Coalition, calls the order a long-awaited “first step forward.”

“For us, more than anything, this is a reaffirmation of family values which we hold dear in our state of Arkansas and an opportunity to really keep families together,” she says.

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Local & Regional News
3:31 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Thousands In Arkansas To Benefit From Obama Immigration Order

At least 14,000 Arkansas immigrants could benefit from President Barack Obama's executive action aimed at sparing nearly 5 million people in the U.S. from being deported.

The estimate from the immigrant-advocacy group Arkansas United Community Coalition came a day after Obama announced the sweeping immigration action - which was panned by Arkansas politicians but hailed by human rights activists.

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Local & Regional News
5:25 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Senator-Elect Cotton: Order Would Hurt Chances For Bipartisanship

Senator-elect Tom Cotton
Credit Michael Hibblen/ KUAR

Republican U.S. Sen.-elect Tom Cotton says the president's anticipated move to protect millions of immigrants living in the country illegally from deportation would be "detrimental" to any chances of bipartisanship cooperation.

The Arkansas congressman said Monday he hoped President Barack Obama wouldn't follow through on his anticipated executive order, saying the midterm election should be seen as a message that voters don't support such action.

Cotton defeated two-term Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor in the Nov. 4 election.

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Northwest Arkansas
5:09 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Fayetteville Seeks To Become 'Sanctuary' For Unaccompanied Minors

A coalition of residents is planning to establish Fayetteville as a sanctuary city for unaccompanied Central American child refugees who’ve crossed the U.S. border this year. As KUAF’s Jacqueline Froelich reports, the northwest Arkansas city will be the first in the state to do so

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Local & Regional News
4:03 pm
Sat July 19, 2014

Protesters Dispute Possible Immigration Reform Outside Mexican Consulate

Eddie Hard protests outside the Mexican Consulate for more restrictive immigration laws.
Credit Sarah Whites-Koditschek / KUAR News

About 15 protesters met in the parking lot outside the Mexican Consulate in Little Rock on Friday to rally for stricter immigration laws in Arkansas and protest the increase of migrant children from Central America crossing the United States border with Mexico.

Kenny Wallis of Keep Arkansas Legal said he hopes the state will pass a self-deportation law like the one in Alabama, which would allow law enforcement officers to stop individuals they believe are undocumented.

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Local & Regional News
6:03 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Business Leaders Tout Poll Showing Arkansans Want Immigration Reform

American farms are facing a dwindling supply of farm workers.

Business and agriculture leaders in the state are touting new poll results showing 66 percent of likely Arkansas voters favor granting legal status of some kind to immigrants living illegally in the U.S.

The poll's release is part of a national day of action today in favor of immigration reform.

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9:54 am
Wed July 9, 2014

What's Causing The Latest Immigration Crisis? A Brief Explainer

Demonstrators from opposing sides confront each other while being separated by police officers on July 4, outside a U.S. Border Patrol station in Murrieta, Calif.
Mark J. Terrill AP

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 6:28 pm

It's turning into the largest influx of asylum seekers on U.S. soil since the 1980 Mariel boatlift out of Cuba.

Since October, more than 52,000 children — most from Central America and many of them unaccompanied by adults — have been taken into custody. That's nearly double last year's total and 10 times the number from 2009.

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3:20 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Senate's Immigration Reform Bill Is Declared Dead At One Year Old

Originally published on Thu June 26, 2014 6:10 pm



A year-long effort to push a comprehensive immigration reform bill through the House was officially declared dead yesterday. Prospects for the bill were always dicey and the debate became more complicated by the recent wave of unaccompanied children seeking entry into the United States. NPR's Richard Gonzales has more.

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Local & Regional News
4:22 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Struggling To Find Workers, Poultry Industry Calls For Immigration Reform

Chickens gather around a feeder in a Tyson Foods poultry house in Washington County, Ark.

The head of the Poultry Federation is calling for comprehensive immigration reform, saying that his industry is currently struggling to find workers.

Marvin Childers said that without reform, the price of food is sure to skyrocket.

“If we don't do something, we're going to drive the price of food completely out of reason for Arkansans and Americans,” said Childers. “We need employees. We need to find a way to make certain that the people that are here that we get them on some path to citizenship.”

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Local & Regional News
5:47 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Arkansas Business And Agriculture Leaders Push For Immigration Reform

Grant Tennille, executive director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, speaks to reporters, while Randy Zook, president and CEO of the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce, Beau Bishop of the Arkansas Farm Bureau and Jay Chesshir, president and CEO of the Little Rock Regional Chamber, listen.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

A new study by the Partnership for a New American Economy suggests labor shortages are increasing the reliance on imported produce and slowing economic growth in Arkansas.

Speaking to reporters Wednesday, heads of chamber of commerce groups, the Arkansas Farm Bureau and the Economic Development Commission, said it shows the need for the U.S. Congress to pass meaningful immigration reform.

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