DACA

COURTESY / CITY OF SPRINGDALE

Before the Trump administration announced Tuesday it was ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA, Springdale Mayor Doug Sprouse signed a letter in support of the measure. Now, he is urging Congress to save DACA by creating a bill and voting on it.

 

An Arkansas immigrant rights coalition is organizing community meetings, a protest at the state capitol and a 24-hour hunger strike following the federal repeal of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy better known as DACA.

Meanwhile, state officials, from Gov. Asa Hutchinson to U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford (R-1st District) called DACA an unconstitutional executive action leftover from the previous administration of Barack Obama.

J. Froelich / KUAF

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions this morning announced the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA. The Obama-era program currently shields as many as 790,000 young unauthorized immigrants who came to the U.S. before age 16 from deportation. We get reaction within minutes of Sessions' statement from Zessna Garcia-Rios, who secured her DACA credentials in late 2012.

DANIEL BREEN / KUAR

Supporters of a program that allows undocumented children to stay in the U.S. are urging Arkansas’s Attorney General to change her position on the issue.

A large group of supporters and recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program crowded into the Little Rock office of Attorney General Leslie Rutledge on Tuesday. They met with Carl Vogelpohl, Rutledge’s Chief of Staff, and presented him with a petition organized by the Arkansas United Community Coalition.

J. Froelich / KUAF

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has joined nine state attorneys general and the Governor of Idaho asking U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. DACA, instituted in 2012 by President Barack Obama, has conferred temporary legal status to nearly one million immigrant youth brought unlawfully into the United States by their parents or guardians.

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