DACA

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ImmigrationHelp, a nonprofit immigrant legal aid center founded in 2019 by Harvard University lawyers and  students, now independently operated, helps undocumented youth across the U.S., including in Arkansas, obtain federal DACA credentials. Fernando Urbina, outreach director for ImmigrationHelp, describes how the legal team works.    

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Under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program, recipients are given legal work authorization; however, students pursuing a teaching career cannot gain licensure in Arkansas even though they take the same courses and undergo the same training as their classmates. House Bill 1594, sponsored by Rep. DeAnn Vaught, R-Horatio, aims to change that.

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Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced it will reject initial requests for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA program, as it weighs the future of the program. This comes about six weeks after the Supreme Court ruled against the Trump administration’s efforts to end the program.

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In a 5-4 decision, the United States Supreme Court has blocked the Trump administration's attempt to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. DACA allows certain undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children and meet several guidelines the ability to stay in the country and work. Advocates at Arkansas United say it's a victory for the state's 4,500 DACA recipients, but there's still work to do.

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Immigration policies, like 287(g), can affect many people and their families. We speak with one parent who is waiting to see whether her son will be deported to Mexico or allowed to come back to Fayetteville.

Rep. Megan Godfrey

Today Governor Asa Hutchinson is signing into law a bill that will allow the Arkansas State Board of Nursing to grant licenses to participants in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA program. Representative Megan Godfrey, a Democrat from Springdale, sponsored House Bill 1552

Eight thousand Arkansas DACA recipients are waiting as courts decide whether to proceed with or block President Trump's 2017 termination of the DACA program. Mireya Reith, founder and executive director of Arkansas United Community Coalition in Springdale, provides context and timelines.

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Members of Congress are turning their attention this week to the issue of immigration. A focal point of the discussion is Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA. The program, which provides protected status to undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children, will end March 5. If Congress doesn’t act, Springdale immigration lawyer Laura Ferner says there are few options under the current immigration system for young undocumented immigrants.

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More than a dozen Arkansas civil rights DREAMers descended on Washington D.C., earlier this month, joining a national protest and engaging in civil disobedience to raise awareness in Congress about the critical need for comprehensive immigration reform and institutionalizing DACA. We hear from two activists, with Arkansas United Community Coalition, based at the NWA Immigrant Resource Center in Springdale.

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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.

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