AUCC Takes 54 to New Orleans for Deferred Action Rally

Evening Rallies/Send-Offs/Press Conferences in

Springdale (5:30PM), Alma/Fort Smith (7PM) and Little Rock (9:30PM)

Latino and Immigrant Voters Turn Up the Heat this Week on the U.S. Courts in New Orleans

Arkansas United to Join National Escalation of Pressure against Attorney Generals and Courts Blocking Positive Action on Immigration Reform 

[SPRINGDALE/ FORT SMITH/ LITTLE ROCK] – On July 10, as the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals hears oral arguments on the lawsuit blocking the deferred action initiatives (Deferred Action for Parental Accountability/DAPA and expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals/DACA)*, 52 Latino and immigrant voters and families representing an Arkansas advocacy group will join thousands in New Orleans for rallies and marches outside the courthouse – continuing the fight for immigration action and holding accountable elected officials who initiated the lawsuit.

Local nonprofit, Arkansas United, will be gathering deferred action supporters for three send-off rallies in Springdale, Alma and Little Rock for the bus taking its 52 delegates to New Orleans, sending a clear message to elected and public officials standing against immigration reform efforts and spinning hateful rhetoric against America’s immigrant community: Latino and immigrant voters will vote in 2016 and decide the future of immigration reform.

EVENTS: Three Press Conferences/ Rallies/ Bus Send-Offs

 DATE/TIME/LOCATIONS:  Wednesday, July 8, 2015

                                    5:30PM: Springdale, at the Immigrant Resource

                                                     Center, 1301 E Robinson Ave, Suite B-6         

                                    7PM: Alma: I-40E, Exit 13

                                    9:30PM: Little Rock, Parking Lot across from the

                                                     1st United Methodist Church, 723 Center St.     

 IMAGES: Live shots/feeds of the bus send-off welcomed

 SPEAKERS: Trip delegates, families affected by these reforms, immigrant/

                      Latino voters and community leaders

 *Executive programs announced on November 20, 2014 by President Barak Obama, which would allow some qualifying undocumented students and parents of citizens to receive a temporary work permit. For more information: http://nilc.org/dreamdeferred.html .

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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 engagement 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. 

*Executive programs announced on November 20, 2014 by President Barak Obama, which would allow some qualifying undocumented students and parents of citizens to receive a temporary work permit. For more information: http://nilc.org/dreamdeferred.html .