DACA

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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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Some nursing students attending Arkansas schools have found that they are unable to take a licensing exam because of their Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals status. Sue Tedford, the executive director of the Arkansas Board of Nursing, explains why the board was not aware of the federal law that prohibits DACA students from becoming licensed nurses.

 

The Trump administration has ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and given Congress six months to find a more permanent solution. The decision has left about 800,000 young immigrants unsure of their future. Advocates are encouraging eligible DACA recipients to renew their status before the impending deadline. Arkansas United Community Coalition is assisting applicants by hosting legal clinics across the state.

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