Arkansas, Latino voters turned up the heat on the U.S. Courts in New Orleans

Arkansas United to joined national escalation of pressure against Attorney Generals and courts blocking positive action on immigration reform.  On July 10, as the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals heard 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 joined 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.

On the night on Wednesday, July 8, local nonprofit, Arkansas United, gathered 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.

Mireya Reith, Executive Director of the Arkansas United Community Coalition (AUCC, Arkansas Unidos), said “Latino and immigrant voters will vote in 2016 and decide the future of immigration reform.”

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.  Visit www.arkansascoalition.org

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