Statewide events in response to 5th Circuit Court decision

Fired up by 5th Circuit Court decision and statements against Syrian refugees, AUCC holds 12 eventsstatewide to naturalize green card holders, register new American voters and prepare families for DACA and DAPA

Last week, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against the Obama administration’s executive actions on immigration, which were announced one year ago today (November 20, 2014) and would grant 5 million people (including at least 20,000 Arkansans) temporary work authorization and relief from deportation (i.e, DAPA, Deferred Action for Parental Accountability). Arkansas immigrants and allies from the local nonprofit Arkansas United Community Coalition (AUCC) affirm that they will not be deterred by the delays, commemorating this anniversary by hosting this Friday and Saturday over a dozen naturalization and DACA workshops as well as registering new American voters in order to continue building power and preparing for eventual DAPA implementation across the country.

The decision by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, known to be one of the most conservative courts in the country, keeps 5 million lives in limbo and costs the country billions in lost economic benefits and tax revenues. Meanwhile, attacks on immigrants and refugees dominate the public discourse. From political discourse about the revival of 1950’s era deportation program to 31 state Governors (including Arkansas) issuing statements opposing Syrian refugee resettlement.

“We will not allow immigrant and refugee communities to be vilified in America and across the globe. Our communities will naturalize, register, and vote,” said AUCC Founding Executive Director Mireya Reith. “We will continue developing leaders and infrastructure in the field to ensure that immigrant communities are well served by public policy. We will fight for policies that support New American communities and acknowledge immigrants are not numbers but humans, not burdens but contributors, and not criminals but mothers and fathers and laborers and business owners and taxpayers.”

AUCC workshops this weekend are a part of the National Partnership for New American’s (NPNA) “Full Citizenship Campaign,” which aims to assist the nearly 9 million green card holders who are eligible to become U.S. Citizens, to find pathways to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants across the nation, and to fight for a more vibrant, just, and welcoming democracy for all. For a list of NPNA admin relief anniversary events, see Local events in Arkansas will include:

Friday, November 20: Voter Registration Drives

8AM: Horatio High School

11AM – 1PM: Fort Smith: La Guadalupana, 817 Greenwood Ave

4PM – 7PM

Rogers: La Villita, 300 S 8th St

Springdale: El Ranchito, 1900 W Huntsville Ave

Little Rock: La Regional, 7414 Baseline Rd

Saturday, November 21, 10AM – 2PM: Citizenship Workshops

Springdale: Immigrant Resource Center, 1301 E. Robinson Ave, Suite B6

Russellville: 310 S Glenwood Ave

Jonesboro: 1515 S Caraway Rd

DeQueen: 849 Rockefeller Ave

Little Rock: Immigrant Resource Center, 4600 Baseline Rd

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Arkansas United Community Coalition (Arkansas United, AUCC) is an Arkansas, immigrant rights nonprofit based in Springdale that is dedicated to empowering immigrants and their communities through leadership development, coalition building, the promotion of civic integration and immigration service navigation. Founded in 2010, AUCC boasts a network of 150 immigrant organizers and over 400 active volunteers in 17 communities across Arkansas. AUCC currently maintains immigrant resource centers with partners in Springdale, Fort Smith, Little Rock and McGehee, with center openings planned in late-2015 in De Queen and Jonesboro. 

The National Partnership for New Americans (NPNA) harnesses the collective power and resources of the country’s 37 largest regional immigrant rights organizations in 31 states. Our aim is to achieve a vibrant, just and welcoming democracy for all. Immigrants are the soul of our organization, and immigrant communities inspire, implement and champion our work.