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Thursday, May 3, 2018

Thursday, May 3, 2018 - 09:06:00

ACLU condemns Leslie Rutledge's attack on program for Dreamers as "extreme anti-immigrant agenda"

Rita Sklar, executive director of ACLU of Arkansas, called Rutledge's gambit "an extreme anti-immigrant agenda" and a "cruel attack on Arkansans and our values."

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Saturday, January 13, 2018

Saturday, January 13, 2018 - 09:53:00

Mahony slams Womack for calling Haiti and African nations "depraved": "Steve Womack is trafficking in racist comments"

Josh Mahony, the Democratic candidate challenging U.S. Rep. Steve Womack for the Third Congressional District seat, issued a statement accusing Womack of playing "dog whistle politics" after Womack's comments yesterday that referred to "depraved countries."

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Friday, September 8, 2017

Friday, September 8, 2017 - 08:50:00

Students rally at LR Central High in support of DACA recipients

Little Rock Central High School students held a pre-class protest this morning at the corner of Park Street and Daisy Bates in support of classmates who benefited from the Obama  Administration's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. DACA shields undocumented immigrants brought to the country prior to their 16th birthday, and allows them to have work permits. On Tuesday, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the federal government would stop considering new DACA applications, and the program would be suspended entirely in six months, opening up almost 800,000 DACA recipients for deportation.

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - 20:08:03

Arkansas groups, corporate America respond to the announcement that DACA will end

(Updated) Statements from corporations from local groups about the Trump Administration's decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that had shielded undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. before the age of 16 are starting to roll in.

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 - 11:13:00

Are Republicans going wobbly on immigration?

Are Republicans going soft on immigration? You decide.

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 - 14:51:00

Sen. Tom Cotton aims to lead Trump's charge to curtail legal immigration

Politico reports that Sen. Tom Cotton is angling to be at the forefront of Trump's effort to crack down on legal immigration, including stopping the entry of some of the most vulnerable populations in the world.

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Saturday, February 4, 2017

Saturday, February 4, 2017 - 12:18:00

Federal judge halts Trump's travel ban

A federal judge yesterday issued a nationwide temporary injunction blocking enforcement of President Donald Trump's controversial travel ban, issued a week ago.

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Friday, December 9, 2016

Friday, December 9, 2016 - 13:50:00

More anti-immigrant legislation: bill would defund colleges with 'sanctuary' policies

Smith's bill would render any state-supported institution of higher education ineligible for state funding if it adopts a "sanctuary policy ... whether formally enacted or informally adopted."

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Friday, December 2, 2016

Friday, December 2, 2016 - 11:26:00

Bill introduced to strip state funds from hypothetical 'sanctuary cities' in Arkansas

It's been awhile since Arkansas has seen legislation specifically targeting immigrants, but after the 2016 election proved the political utility of shameless xenophobia, it couldn't stay that way for long.

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Monday, April 18, 2016

Monday, April 18, 2016 - 11:44:00

Arkansas immigration activists travel to DC as Supreme Court hears landmark case

This morning, the U.S. Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments in what may be the most significant case related to immigration in a generation or more. Some Arkansans will be listening.

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Wednesday, August 19, 2015 - 08:37:00

Trump's talk of mass deportation earns points with GOP base

What's the Republican Party going to do about immigration? Donald Trump has an idea: Mass deportations, cutting off new visas, seizure of electronic remittances sent by immigrants, of course, tampering with the Fourteenth Amendment to stop granting citizenship to anyone born in the U.S.

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Sunday, August 16, 2015

Sunday, August 16, 2015 - 13:04:00

Ann Coulter hearts Donald Trump

The Donald's immigration policy attracts interest from GOP's nativist base.

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Friday, July 10, 2015

Friday, July 10, 2015 - 12:35:00

5th Circuit scrutinizes Obama's immigration order; activists rally in NOLA, including Arkansas contingent

The federal 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans is hearing oral arguments today concerning President Obama's executive orders on immigration, which would remove the threat of deportation for millions of families.

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - 17:42:00

Hillary Clinton tacks left on immigration reform, a strategy that might help her in the general election

Hillary Clinton's aggressive stance on immigration reform will appeal to the liberal's base, but it's also likely to be a smart strategy for the general election, putting GOPs in a political bind.

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 09:42:00

Texas federal judge temporarily halts White House immigration policy rollout

U.S. District Judge Andrew S. Hanen of Brownsville, Texas has issued an injunction against the federal government that orders a stop to the "executive actions" on deportation policy that President Obama announced last fall.

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - 14:53:00

Arkansas House delegation votes against immigrants

Arkansas House Republicans joined in narrow vote today to fund the Department of Homeland Security with a requirement that all undocumented immigrants be subject to deportation.

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Friday, November 21, 2014 - 17:53:00

Diocese of Little Rock and others applaud Obama's actions on immigration

The Arkansas United Community Coalition says about 14,000 undocumented adults in Arkansas should be eligible to take advantage of the order and obtain relief from deportation. Another 2,000 youth will also qualify. Other estimates put the number much higher. However, applications won't be available for another 60 - 180 days.

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Friday, November 21, 2014 - 08:58:00

The new U.S. immigrants — if facts matter to you

Fivethirtyeight.com rounds up a bunch of stats that don't fit neatly with the anti-immigrant messaging perfected over the last couple of decades by Republican politicians.

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Friday, November 21, 2014 - 06:17:00

Thousands in Arkansas helped by Obama immigration plan

Thousands of Arkansas families are touched — and helped — by President Obama's plan to slow deportation and detention of unauthorized immigrants with family members who are citizens.

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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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