Steve Clark, president and CEO of the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce, says cities in northwest Arkansas understand the importance of foreign-born newcomers to the region.

The Book of Isaias

Apr 12, 2017

Daniel Connolly explores the world of high school (and the possible beyond) for children of unauthorized immigrants in The Book of Isaias: A Child of Hispanic Immigrants Seeks His Own America.

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Amanda Aristondo, who pastors a Bentonville church, and her husband Jose--Guatemalan nationals living on expired visas in Northwest Arkansas--face deportation under expedited immigration orders newly issued by the Trump administration. A vigil was staged by Arkansas United Community Coalition outside ICE headquarters in Fayetteville as the couple were meeting with ICE agents. 

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John Kelly, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, on Tuesday released two detailed enforcement implementation memos to fulfill President Trump’s executive order on immigration and border security. We talk with a local immigration attorney about the new guidelines.

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During his first week in office, President Donald Trump issued his first round of executive orders to greatly expand illegal immigrant enforcement and is expected to soon bar political and religious refugees from entering the U.S. The newly assembled Arkansas legislature is also busy considering restrictive immigration measures. In response, immigrant and refugee rights organizers in Arkansas held a vigil in Fayetteville.

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Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service-affiliated non-profit resettlement group is taking root in northwest Arkansas. Later this year, pending approval from the U.S. State Department, Canopy Northwest Arkansas plans to resettle a hundred refugees a year from war-ravaged places such as Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan in the Fayetteville area. But not all Arkansas political leaders are on board.

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A divided U.S. Supreme Court yesterday affirmed a lower court ruling, which late last year stayed execution of an Obama administration policy shielding four million undocumented immigrants from deportation. We gather reaction from Mireya Reith, executive director of the Arkansas United Community Coalition, headquartered in Springdale.

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Northwest Arkansas is home to growing Hispanic, Hmong, and Pacific Islander populations. But the presence of Indian Americans is also increasing.

Supreme Court to hear DAPA Arguments

Jan 22, 2016

The United States Supreme Court will hear arguments related President Obama's executive orders regarding expansion of immigration reform.  The ultimate decision will have an impact on many people in Arkansas.

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President Barack Obama is facing constitutional challenge in U.S. courts on his immigration accountability executive actions, which would expand Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, and launch a similar new program for parents. An Arkansas immigration rights expert weighs in on the court battle, as does Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge.