While they were off-duty, they could not work the job without our permission, and only subject to our policies. They are never employees of the entity, but always LRPD. They are subject to discipline, and we have found out they are subject to our workers comoros and several other things.
So, if something happens off duty in police related work, and we find they acted in accordance with our policies, we defend them and AML basically covers them.
A California congressman told a group of DREAM Act-eligible students that he understands what it’s like to be an immigrant because he was born in Arkansas. The Washington Post‘s Plum Line blog reported that Rep. Gary Miller (R-CA) was confronted by a group of young immigrant activists at a political event in Rancho Cucamonga, CA.
“You know, I’ve talked to a lot of young people like [you],” Miller told the activists. “I mean, I understand the difficulty. Just like I was born in Arkansas. I came here when I was a year old.”
Can Miller be deported back to Arkansas?
Does California bar benefits for people from Arkansas?
Is he forbidden from visiting Arkansas, lest he not be allowed back into California?
Does he get pulled over and asked for papers for looking like he's from Arkansas?
Is he or his children blocked from going to college or joining the military because his parents were from Arkansas?
Does California have an entire political party dedicated to making life miserable for people from Arkansas?
Is his ability to emerge from the shadows in California dependent on whether assholess like Rep. Gary Miller decide to be a little less assholish for at least one vote?
No? Then he should shut the fuck up. Even I, having lived a bona fide immigrant experience, have no clue what it must be like for our undocumented. But Miller moved once, so he totally feels them even though he votes consistently against them? Jackass.
Nearly 2,800 young people from Arkansas have been granted deportation relief and given work permits under a program launched a year ago by President Barack Obama.
It aims to help people who came to the U.S. as children and are productive. In Arkansas, relief had been given to 2,760 of 3,606 applicants as of July 1.
“Here in Arkansas we are celebrating the one-year anniversary of deferred action. It is a wonderful program,” said Mireya Reith, director of Arkansas United Community Action.
An advocate for immigration reform, Reith said she is proud of the number of applications processed in Arkansas — at a rate ranking Arkansas in the top third of states. Still, she said, there remains much to do.
An estimated 9,000 young immigrants are eligible for DACA. Some are still too young to apply but others have not been reached. Reith suspects that most are living in rural Arkansas where they do not have easy access to apply.
Still others, she said, may be hampered by costs of the application or in hiring legal counsel. The application is about $500, but for those who need legal representation the costs can skyrocket.
“We only have three nonprofits offering legal services to undocumented immigrants, so there is a huge waiting line,” Reith said in a telephone interview Thursday.
All four Republicans in the House from Arkansas have opposed this Obama initiative.
He says the United States is filling up with immigrants who do not respect the law or the American way of life. He refers to Latino groups as “the tribalists,” saying they seek to impose a divisive ethnic agenda. Of his many adversaries, he says: “The illegal alien lobby never changes. It’s the Wall Street wing of the Republican Party joining forces with the Chamber of Commerce, the far left and the Democrats in an effort to expand cheap labor and increase voting for the Democratic Party.”
The issue looms in Arkansas. Republican Rep. Tom Cotton, newly embarked on a U.S. Senate race, has vowed to fight the bipartisan immigration bill. After making war and despising everything Barack Obama stands for, opposition to a gradual welcome for immigrants is one of Cotton's top issues. He thinks it plays well in Arkansas, where Pryor has joined the bipartisan coalition on changing the law.
Ernie Dumas wrote about the Arkansas-flavored immigration debate in the Times this week.
The politics of immigration seems particularly one-sided in Arkansas, as it is nearly everywhere in the Deep South. Only Sen. Mark Pryor in the Arkansas delegation voted for the bipartisan immigration reform bill in the Senate or favors anything like it in the House of Representatives. Pryor may pay for his boldness next year. His opponent, Rep. Tom Cotton, is an extremist even among his Republican brethren on immigration, as on most other matters. Most Republicans, including the rest of the Arkansas congressional team, say vaguely they wouldn't mind passing immigration reform, including a path to citizenship someday, but not one associated with Barack Obama.
Arkansans should care more, Dumas notes. Immigrants, though relatively small in number here, have been a proven benefit to the economy, paying taxes well in excess of services they receive according to a Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation Report. They spend a lot of money here. (And they aren't all Latinos working in agriculture and trades. 17 percent of the state's physicians have foreign roots.)
But it is the future that ought to concern. While non-citizen immigrants make up only 5 percent of the population, they are 7 percent of workers and the figure will rise sharply even though immigration across the southern border has slowed to a crawl since 2009 and would slow further under the dramatically improved enforcement of the immigration bill.
Children of immigrants make up not 5 but 10 percent of children in K-12 schools and the numbers will grow. Between 2000 and 2010 the number of Latino children grew by 38,000 while the number of non-Hispanic white children fell by 23,000. White family sizes are shrinking and immigrant family sizes are growing. Eighty-three percent of the Latino children, by the way, are citizens who were born in the United States.
They constitute a huge part of Arkansas's economic and cultural future, and we ought to see to it that they have all the educational and economic opportunities that we can give them, for our own sake. Why would we want to keep them and their families in the shadows?
Mike Huckabee saw the light. Where is he when we need him?
Here, the Weekly Standard, home to his (and Sarah Palin's) main cheerleader, Bill Kristol, notes approvingly his op ed in the Murdoch organ whose editorial page is a Bible for the Club for Growth — the Wall Street Journal. Cotton is among the House reactionaries determined to kill bipartisan Senate immigration reform.
Why? It's simple. A path to citizenship and/or legal presence for the 12 million people currently living in the U.S. without proper documentation is unacceptable to Tom Cotton. You almost wonder whether he owns a bus company hungering to truck all those hard working people back to their homelands.
Cotton is mighty proud of his meanness, judging by circulation of the WSJ piece by his press secretary. He's certain it plays well in the 4th District, despite it being home to several cities now trending majority Latino thanks to the influx of immigrants who work in poultry, timber and other sweaty toil. Screw them, Cotton says. And you can be sure he and his party will do all they can to make sure they don't vote.
On immigration, as with farmers, food stamps, Medicare, taxes, guns, or whatever, Cotton declares it's his way or nothing passes. If you want to see the best example of the dysfunctionality of Congress, Tom Cotton has moved to the head of the class.
PS — Here Cotton pulls his brilliant op-ed out from behind the WSJ protected content.
With fiscal costs and benefits figuring large in the immigration reform debate, a new analysis estimates that undocumented immigrants are already paying $10.6 billion a year in state and local taxes nationwide, including the $72.4 million they pay in Arkansas. The study also estimates that Arkansas stands to gain $16.4 million in increased revenue should undocumented immigrants currently in the U.S. be allowed to work here legally.
The analysis from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) assumes a newly legalized immigrant population of 55,000 in Arkansas, 11.2 million nationally, fully participating in the federal, state, and local tax systems. The overall revenue gain for all states would be $2 billion a year.
Undocumented immigrants already pay state and local taxes, including sales, property and income taxes. But because wages and tax compliance would increase under reform, Arkansas would see the most significant revenue change in income tax collection.
“We know that undocumented immigrants already pay over eight percent of their income in state and local taxes, simply because they buy things and they rent or own homes, and sales and property taxes are paid automatically,” said Rich Huddleston, executive director of Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families. “With reform, both wage and tax compliance will go up, resulting in substantial new revenues for Arkansas, especially from the income tax.”
A recent Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report concluded a similar effect on federal revenues. A recent Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation study found that Arkansas ranked fourth among states in immigrant population growth between 2000 and 2010. The foreign-born population in the state grew by 82 percent in that time frame.
You could send this to Boozman, Womack, Cotton, Crawford and Griffin. But do it by e-mail. You'll be wasting your pennies on the stamps.
Josh Marshall at Talking Points Memo assesses the developing bipartisan Senate proposal for immigration reform:
Senate Democrats have made the calculation that in exchange for Republican support on a ‘pathway to citizenship’ they’re basically willing to agree to almost any level of wasteful and in many cases needless spending on border security - moat, laser fence, 20 million border guards. But as Sen. Leahy says, it’s basically “a Christmas Wish List for Haliburton.”
The Arkansas Keeping Families Together Campaign, a coalition of groups in favor of immigration reform, will hold a vigil tonight at First United Methodist downtown at 7 p.m. Organizers hope to demonstrate local support for the Senate immigration reform bill to Sen. Mark Pryor, who is in town this weekend. Four Arkansas families will speak about about their personal experiences with fathers currently in detention or deportation proceedings.
Press release after the jump.
A survey by Public Policy Polling of Raleigh, N.C, finds support among a majority of Arkansans for S. 744, the immigration bill now being debated in the U.S. Senate.
The poll was released this afternoon at a news conference by Mayor Mark Stodola and UALR provost Dr. Zulma Toro, who said the bill would bring "tremendous" economic and educational benefits to Arkansas.
The poll, sponsored by the Alliance for Citizenship, Partnership for a New American Economy and Republicans for Immigration Reform, found that 67 percent of those polled in Arkansas supported the bill, crafted by the bipartisan "Gang of Eight," either "strongly" or "somewhat." Here's a link to the poll. (You'll note the language of the poll clearly indicates its origins.)
Federal law rules on immigration enforcement. That's the effect of the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling today not to hear an Alabama appeal of the decison striking down parts of its anti-immigration law, including making it a crime to harbor people in the country illegally.
Sen. Joyce Elliott's bill to allow colleges to charge in-state tuition to undocumented immigrant students who've graduated from Arkansas high schools and had sufficient residency here failed in a Senate committee today.
Fox 16's David Goins reports that the bill was approved on a voice vote, but Republican Sen. Alan Clark asked for a roll call and the bill failed on a 4-4 tie, with Republican Sen. Jason Rapert out of the room.
The bill was amended to leave the decisions to individual schools, rather than mandate it for all.
* BACKGROUND CHECKS: A bill to require criminal background checks for political candidates failed on a roll call vote in a House committee.
* MARK MARTIN GETS A POLICE FORCE: A House committee endorsed a Senate-passed bill to authorize a "voter integrity" unit in the secretary of state's office to investigate election complaints. Republicans seem to think existing laws and agencies empowered to do this blow it off. They insist it is not partisan to vest this police power with Republican Martin to investigate and present results to the state board of election commissioners. His office says he can create this unit at no cost with existing employees. A spokesman insisted these same employees were already working full-time on other duties but would just work harder.
Susan Inman of the state Board of Election Commissioners said the investigative option already exists under the non-partisan board and said she favored giving the power to an independent, rather than partisan office.
* HOME SCHOOLING: The House today approved legislation that would allow home schoolers to participate in public school extracurricular activity.
* RAW MILK: The Senate voted 19-11 to approve a bill already passed in the House to allow farm sales of unpasteurized milk.
* EDIFICE COMPLEX: The Senate passed a House-passed bill to prevent naming publicly financed buildings after politicians until they've been out of office for 10 years.
Anybody else see a tiny bit of irony in the news that UAMS will announce tomorrow continuation of a grant from the Mexican consulate in Little Rock to support the College of Public Health's Ventanillas de Salud Health Windows Program? Through it, UAMS provides health information and screenings to Mexicans who live here.
Muchas gracias, y'all.
A blog post from U.S. Sen. John "Dr. No" Boozman on immigration reform indicates he won't be going along with any plan that provides legal status to people in the country already. Or, if he does, he's done a good job of cloaking it.
The reality is this problem exists because we have immigration laws on the books that are not being enforced. After years of extreme neglect by the federal government, our nation is facing an immigration crisis. Federal laws go unenforced, leaving cash-strapped local and state governments to fend for themselves and use resources they do not have to absorb millions of illegal immigrants. Adding more rules to the books without enforcing the ones we have will do little good in the long run.
One thing is certain: if the President insists on amnesty we aren’t going to get very far. Amnesty is a non-starter. We must not reward people for breaking the law. I will continue to oppose amnesty proposals and I remain committed to working towards a real solution that addresses the crisis at our borders.
Don't bother to forward Boozman any of the growing stack of research that indicates immigrants are a financial plus to the U.S. They work. They pay taxes. Because they lack legal status, they often don't receive services for which their taxes would otherwise qualify them. See, for example, Arkansas high school graduates with exemplary records denied Arkansas college scholarship support that a Texan can receive. Someday, their U.S.-born citizen children will outnumber the John Boozmans of the world.
The New York Times reports today on the Obama administration's work toward comprehensive, rather than piecemeal, immigration legislation.
It would include a path to citizenship for the estimated 11 million immigrants living and working in the U.S. without authorization.
The sound you hear is Secure Arkansas leader Jeanie Burlsworth's head exploding. (Though, of late, fluordination of water and UN plots have been higher on Secure's agenda than immigration. The NY Times article doesn't indicate that Obama has yet proposed that feared superhighway from Mexico to Kansas City as the first step toward an eventual merger of the U.S. and Mexico. Too bad. If nothing else, it would bring better beer and food to these parts.
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