immigration

Rep. Jay Richardson

Immigrant drivers license bill halted in committee

BY: - February 16, 2023

A bill to clarify and expand driver’s license eligibility for noncitizens failed in the House Public Transportation committee Thursday despite having bipartisan support.  Arkansas law currently permits certain noncitizens to obtain drivers licenses. House Bill 1429 would have extended that to additional noncitizens who provide documentation of their identity, Arkansas residency, taxpayer status through an […]

Biden in State of the Union speech to call for bipartisan action on fentanyl crisis

BY: - February 7, 2023

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Tuesday night is expected in his State of the Union address to call on Congress to work with the administration to address in a bipartisan manner the fentanyl crisis, administration officials said on a call with reporters. Biden will call for expanded access to opioid-related addiction treatment and announce […]

People gather for a June 2022 rally to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in New York City. U.S. senators said this week that they are trying to push through a bill to create a pathway to citizenship for so-called Dreamers as well as tackle other immigration issues. (Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images)

Lengthy timeline for DACA legal fight puts lives on hold for years

BY: - January 30, 2023

WASHINGTON — Karen Judith Briseno Ortiz mailed in her application for a program meant to protect undocumented children from deportation, one day after her twin sister’s application. Her sister was accepted into the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, but Briseno Ortiz, who grew up in Dallas, was not. Now her application is in limbo […]

Democrats in Congress condemn Biden administration expansion of Title 42

BY: - January 26, 2023

WASHINGTON — Nearly 80 Democratic members of Congress sent a letter to the White House expressing their “great concern” that the Biden administration is walking back on its promise to restore migrants’ access to asylum. In the letter, they also condemned the administration’s expansion of a controversial policy that immediately turns away migrants at the […]

Vice President Kamala Harris looks on as President Joe Biden delivers remarks about border security policies in the Roosevelt Room in the White House on Jan. 5, 2023. Biden is planning to visit the U.S.-Mexico border while on a two-day summit meeting in Mexico City. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Biden administration to rapidly expel more migrants at the border, add legal pathways

BY: and - January 5, 2023

WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden on Thursday announced dual immigration strategies that would increase expulsions of migrants who attempt to cross the Southern border, while also expanding opportunities for migrants from several countries to legally enter the United States. But the sweeping new immigration plan brought condemnation from advocates who said he should not broaden […]

U.S. Supreme Court building. (Jim Small/Arizona Mirror)

U.S. Supreme Court temporarily keeps Title 42 immigration program in effect

BY: - December 19, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court is keeping Title 42 in place until the justices can review whether the pandemic-era program should be lifted or continue. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts in an order on Monday stayed a lower court’s ruling that would have allowed the program, which was put in place by the […]

People gather for a June 2022 rally to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in New York City. U.S. senators said this week that they are trying to push through a bill to create a pathway to citizenship for so-called Dreamers as well as tackle other immigration issues. (Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images)

Talks over protecting Dreamers pick up in Congress, but agreement still elusive

BY: - December 6, 2022

WASHINGTON — In a last-minute push, U.S. senators are working on a bipartisan agreement to create a pathway to citizenship for undocumented people who were brought to the United States as children. But the success of any major immigration deal appears unlikely, as a lame-duck session of Congress dwindles into its last days. Democrats are […]

U.S. Supreme Court wrestles over Biden’s immigration enforcement policy

BY: - November 29, 2022

“U.S. Supreme Court wrestles over Biden’s immigration enforcement policy” was first published by The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues.   The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday on whether the Biden administration has the right to […]

Candidates for U.S. Senate in Arkansas participated Friday, Oct. 21, 2022, in the Arkansas PBS debate at the Donald W. Reynolds Performance Hall on the University of Central Arkansas campus in Conway. The participants, from left: Libertarian candidate Kenneth Cates, Democratic candidate Natalie James, and Republican incumbent John Boozman. (John Sykes/Arkansas Advocate - 102122)

U.S. Senate candidates debate agriculture, immigration

BY: - October 21, 2022

Agriculture and the struggles of Arkansas’ rural communities were top of mind for U.S. Senate candidates who participated in a debate hosted by Arkansas PBS Friday afternoon. Agriculture is the state’s largest industry, adding about $16 billion to the state’s economy each year. However, farmers are struggling with higher costs this year. The war in […]

Venezuelan migrants stand in line for food provided by Annunciation House in El Paso, Texas, in September 2022.

New plan for Venezuelan migrants will accept some into the U.S., send others to Mexico

BY: - October 13, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration on Wednesday night announced new guidelines for Venezuelan migrants, under which some will have a pathway to temporary residence in the United States and others who crossed the border without authorization will be sent back to Mexico. U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas announced an agreement between Mexico […]

Immigration advocates call again for DACA renewal in Congress, as possible end looms

BY: - October 11, 2022

WASHINGTON —  U.S. Senate Democrats said Tuesday that they remained hopeful Congress could create a legal pathway to citizenship before the end of the year for the more than 600,000 undocumented people enrolled in a program that is at risk of being deemed illegal by a lower court. Immigration rights advocates held a press call […]

DACA ruled unlawful by federal appeals court, but program continues for now

BY: - October 6, 2022

WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court has upheld a prior ruling that the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program is unlawful, sending the case back to a lower court that will decide the legality of the program that includes more than 600,000 undocumented people. The ruling means the program remains for now and those […]