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Monday, April 14, 2014

Monday, April 14, 2014 - 07:24:00

Why making progress on immigration reform remains a steep climb

Every so often, you hear predictions that progress on bipartisan immigration reform is just around the corner. After all, it's an issue on which many Republicans are relatively moderate, the Chamber of Commerce types are supportive, and many GOP strategists worry that the party's current stance is a long-term political disaster. But then the base howls.

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Friday, March 28, 2014

Friday, March 28, 2014 - 12:04:00

State Rep. Jeff Wardlaw and Nashville Mayor Billy Ray Jones call for immigration reform

Arkansas lawmakers and farmers call for immigration reform.

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Thursday, January 2, 2014

Thursday, January 2, 2014 - 07:21:00

Will House Republicans relent on immigration policy?

The New York Times today reports that House Speaker John Boehner will back incremental changes in immigration policy.

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Saturday, October 26, 2013

Saturday, October 26, 2013 - 07:06:00

Morning notes: Little Rock in court, state in court, conservatives in Washington

Some morning odds and ends: * LITTLE ROCK IN COURT I: Here's a copy of the city of Little Rock's response to the lawsuit over the bungling of a 911 call that led to the death of a woman trapped in frigid water after her SUV slid off an icy road.

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Friday, September 20, 2013

Friday, September 20, 2013 - 11:03:00

College leaders support immigration reform

Write these names down. Remember them kindly:

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Tuesday, August 27, 2013 - 13:59:00

Congressman understands illegal aliens; he came from Arkansas

Thanks to Norma for this link, richest since the Republican candidate who said you needed a passport to go to parts of southern Arkansas.

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Saturday, August 17, 2013

Saturday, August 17, 2013 - 07:12:00

2,800 young immigrants get legal work status in Arkansas

Here's a feel-good story from Stephens Media. (Unless you are Tom Cotton, Tim Griffin or any of the other Arkansas Republicans who think the only solution to immigration reform is to send 11 million people back where they came from — no "amnesty.") 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.

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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Wednesday, August 7, 2013 - 06:13:27

The last-ditch battle against immigrants; it figures in Pryor v. Cotton

The New York Times today profiles a pitched effort to prevent sufficient numbers of Republicans from joining modest immigration reform legislation that includes still more border security and a long, long path to citizenship.

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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Thursday, July 11, 2013 - 09:28:00

Tom Cotton: His way on immigration reform or no way

U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton, the Club for Growth's house boy in Arkansas, continues to have his Senate campaign flogged by the Fox/Murdoch/Club for Growth/corporate lobby forces.

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Wednesday, July 10, 2013 - 10:00:00

Immigration reform would be good for the economy

Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families cites the benefits of immigration reform that would legalize more of the people already at work and building families in the U.S. 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.

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Friday, June 21, 2013

Friday, June 21, 2013 - 13:55:00

A pathway to citizenship for immigrants

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.

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Friday, June 14, 2013

Friday, June 14, 2013 - 14:37:00

Coalition holds immigration reform vigil tonight

The Arkansas United Community Coalition will hold a vigil at First United Methodist downtown on Friday evening, 7 p.m.

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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Thursday, June 13, 2013 - 17:01:00

Poll finds support for immigration bill

A survey by Public Policy Polling of Raleigh, N.C, found support among a majority of Arkansans for the immigration bill now being debated in the U.S. Senate.

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Monday, April 29, 2013

Monday, April 29, 2013 - 09:49:10

U.S. Supreme Court refuses Alabama appeal on immigration law

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.

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 - 10:50:00

Legislature today: DREAM again denied for immigrant children

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.

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 - 11:12:58

Foreign aid for Arkansas

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?

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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Thursday, January 31, 2013 - 09:49:50

Boozman no friend of immigrants here now

A blog post from U.S. Sen. John "Dr. No" Boozmann on immigration reform indicates he won't be going along with any plan that provides legal status to people in the country already.

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Sunday, January 13, 2013

Sunday, January 13, 2013 - 08:12:49

Obama to shoot for comprehensive immigration bill

The New York Times reports today on the Obama administration's work toward comprehensive, rather than piecemeal, immigration legislation.

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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Tuesday, January 8, 2013 - 14:50:35

WR Foundation: Immigrants a net plus for Arkansas

I didn't need any convincing. But I nonetheless welcome the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation's latest report on immigration in Arkansas.

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 - 10:32:56

Girl with no country a step closer to USA

Kaiti Tidwell, the child floated across the Rio Grande as an infant and raised in Glenwood, has made some progress toward being able to legally return to her adoptive family in the U.S.

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