The nonprofit Arkansas Immigrant Defense, formerly the Arkansas Justice Collective, provides legal services to immigrants and refugees, as well as community education and support. The public is welcome to an open house from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, at AID's new headquarters located at 4024 East Wagon Wheel Road in Springdale.
Children of seasonal migrant workers in Arkansas enrolled in public schools are eligible under a federal migrant education program to receive supplemental instruction and special support services. Northwest Arkansas Education Service Cooperative's newly-hired migrant student specialist is tasked with overseeing the program in districts with migrant student populations.
Artists Suzannah Schreckhise and Scarlet Sims explore issues of immigration in "Voices" now on display at Stage Eighteen in downtown Fayetteville.
"I found out how the poultry workers--predominantly non-documented immigrant workers--were treated in the poultry plants in the United States," explains Schreckhise when discussing her sculptural installation "Not a Chicken But a Human Truck."
Schreckhise's conceptual work compliments Sims' seven foot tall illustrations of immigrant women, whose stories are documented via recordings.
Dozens of faith leaders across Arkansas have signed a unity statement written by Pastor Clint Schnekloth of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Fayetteville to express their disappointment about Congress' inaction on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and the lowering of refugee admissions levels during a global refugee crisis.
In 2014, the foreign-born population contributed an estimated $3.1 billion to the Northwest Arkansas economy. That’s according to a new report called Global Talent: The Economic Engine of Northwest Arkansas.