On Saturday, the Arkansas United Community Coalition, an immigrants rights organization, is organizing a march from Central High School to the state Capitol in support of the Dreamers, the cohort of young immigrants who stand to lose protections under the soon-to-be rescinded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA).
Here’s the Facebook event. The march will convene at Central at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and march toward the Capitol at 5.
The future of the Dreamers is unclear at the moment, with President Trump sending mixed signals on his willingness to work with Democrats to pass legislation that would give these young immigrants a pathway to legal status. As of Friday afternoon, the outlook for a legislative solution was hopeful but far from conclusive. As I wrote earlier this week, if a DACA replacement does stand a chance of passage, the support of rank-and-file Republican congressmen like Arkansas’s French Hill and Steve Womack could be key.
DACA, an Obama-era executive order, allows certain undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children to obtain government ID (such as drivers licenses) and lawfully work, as long as they have clean criminal records and have obtained a high school diploma or GED, or are working towards one. There are an estimated 5,000 DACA recipients in Arkansas, and…
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