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Immigration Resources

Originally prepared in connection with an April 2013 program sponsored by the First United Presbyterian Church, Fayetteville AR, and the League of Women Voters of Washington County, AR. Updated for a program to be held on February 4, 2015 at the First United Presbyterian Church.

View the April 2013 program on YouTube.

State and Local Resources

  • Arkansas United Community Coalition (AUCC). An immigrants' rights nonprofit organization that strives to bring together Arkansas-based organizations and individuals, across sectors, with the mission to promote meaningful immigrant integration at the local and state levels, supporting immigrants and other multicultural communities to be agents of positive change in Arkansas.
  • Arkansas Coalition for Dream (ARC4D). A "statewide immigrant youth-led organization working to achieve equal access to higher education in Arkansas." NEW!
  • Arkansas Friendship Coalition. Encourages "a reasonable and respectful approach to the immigration debate in Arkansas" and engages in advocacy.
  • Catholic Charities Immigration Services--Springdale. Provides "low-cost immigration counseling and support to families and individuals who are eligible for immigration benefits and cannot afford private assistance." Works for solidarity in our community by welcoming the stranger in the spirit of the Gospel. Assists and advocates for immigrants to attain family unity, economic independence and social integration. The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) specialist assists immigrants in safely leaving dangerous situations and obtaining immigration status that supports them in making decisions for their own future.
  • Hispanic Women's Organization (HWOA). Strives to enhance participation by Hispanics in the community, thus opening channels for better understanding across cultures and bringing the diverse Northwest Arkansas community together, to advance educational opportunities for Hispanic women and their families, and to become active participants in the community.
  • Northwest Arkansas Workers' Justice Center (NWAWJC). Improves conditions of employment for low-wage workers in northwest Arkansas by educating, organizing, and mobilizing them, and calling on people of faith and the wider region to publicly support the workers' efforts.
  • Immigration Law Clinic (U. Ark. School of Law). Provides free legal services to low-income individuals with immigration-related legal issues.

    Reports and Articles

  • A Profile of Immigrants in Arkansas (Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, 2013). A three-volume study of demographic characteristics of the state's immigrant population, their economic and fiscal costs, and the state's Marshallese community.
  • Critical Generation: Improving the Well Being of Children of Immigrants in Arkansas (Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, June 2012)
  • Fact Sheet: Marshallese Families and the Affordable Care Act (Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, November 2013) NEW!
  • Undocumented Arkansas Students Push for College Access (David Koon, Arkansas Times, Feb. 21, 2013)
  • Right to DREAM: Immigration Reform and America's Future (Bill Schwab, University of Arkansas Press, 2013)
  • Undocumented Immigrants’ State and Local Tax Contributions (Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, July 2013)
  • American Nightmare: The Shame of America’s Family Detention Camps (Wil S. Hylton, New York Times Magazine, February 8, 2015) NEW!
  • Ending Artesia (Stephen Manning, Innovation Law Lab, January 2015). "This article focuses on a singular effort by volunteers coordinated by AILA and the Immigration Council at the family detention center in Artesia, New Mexico" based on data collected from June to December 2014. NEW!
  • News

  • Immigration Law News (Findlaw)
  • Immigration Articles and Chronology (New York Times)
  • State Legislation

  • National Conference of State Legislatures Immigration Page. State immigration laws, state responses to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), studies on economic and fiscal impact of immigrants, and more. NEW!
  • Proposed, but not enacted, "Arkansas Dream Act": Postsecondary and Economic Development Act of 2013

    U.S. Department of Homeland Security

  • Fixing Our Broken Immigration System Through Executive Action - Key Facts Discussion of and links to texts of Executive Actions of November 20, 2014. NEW!
  • U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
  • Executive Actions on Immigration (Nov. 14, 2014) Information Page NEW!
    Exercising Prosecutorial Discretion with Respect to Individuals Who Came to the United States as Children (June 15, 2012)
    Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Process and Information
  • U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
  • Immigration Action: How to Seek Prosecutorial Discretion from ICE. Discussion of and link to text of Policies for the Apprehension, Detention and Removal of Undocumented Immigrants Memorandum of November 20, 2014. NEW!

    White House

  • FACT SHEET: Immigration Accountability Executive Action (November 20, 2014) NEW!
  • Presidential Memorandum -- Creating Welcoming Communities and Fully Integrating Immigrants and Refugees (November 20, 2014) NEW!
  • Presidential Memorandum -- Modernizing and Streamlining the U.S. Immigrant Visa System for the 21st Century (November 21, 2014) NEW!
  • President Obama's Four-Point Immigration Reform Proposal (Jan. 29, 2013)
  • White House Immigration Issue Website
  • The Economic Benefits of Fixing Our Broken Immigration System (July 2013)

    Federal Legislation and Congress

  • Immigration Legislation Introduced in the 114th congress (2015-2016) (congress.gov)
  • Legislation with the Subject Heading "Immigration" Introduced in the 113th Congress
  • Legislation with the Subject Heading "Immigration Status and Procedures" Introduced in the 113th Congress
  • Legislation with the Subject Heading "Immigrant Health and Welfare" Introduced in the 113th Congress
  • Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees and Border Security
    2013 Hearings on Immigration Reform. Note: Put "immigration" in the first search box.
  • House Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security
    2013 Hearings on Immigration
  • CRS Report for Congress: Border Security: Immigration Enforcement Between Ports of Entry (Marc R. Rosenblum, Congressional Research Service, May 3, 2013) NEW!
  • CRS Report for Congress: U.S. Immigration Policy: Chart Book of Key Trends (Ruth Ellen Wasem, Congressional Research Service, March 7, 2013). This report is a chart book of selected immigration trends that touch on the main elements of comprehensive immigration reform (CIR).
  • CRS Report for Congress: Brief History of Comprehensive Immigration Reform Efforts in the 109th and 110th Congresses to Inform Policy Discussions in the 113th Congress (Ruth Ellen Wasem, Congressional Research Service, February 27, 2013)
  • CRS Reports on Immigration and Visa Available at the U.S. Department of State Website (2002-present)
  • Comprehensive immigration reform (CIR) passed in the Senate on June 27, 2013: S.744 Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act. Note: Click on "Text of Legislation" for text.
  • CIR Previews: Key Provisions (Washington Post, updated April 17, 2013) -- Key Details (TheHill, April 16, 2013) -- Major Provisions (Yahoo News (April 16, 2013) -- Analysis (New York Times, April 16, 2013)
  • Some earlier published CIR frameworks: Bipartisan Senate Framework (Washington Post, Jan. 28, 2013) -- Bipartisan Senate Framework (New York Times, April 10, 2013) -- Bipartisan House Framework (New York Times, April 2, 2013) -- House New Democrat Coalition Framework (April 11, 2013)
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    Last updated February 2015