In 2007, four jurisdictions in northwest Arkansas enrolled in the controversial 287(g) program. At a statewide level, however, much of the proposed anti-immigration legislation in the 2009 legislation session did not move out of the Judiciary Committee.
2011 Session: January 10–April 8, 2011
Senate: Despite the fact that Arkansas’ federal races shifted toward the Republicans, at the state level Democrats maintain control (D – 22; R – 13).
House of Representatives: Though they suffered some losses, Democrats were able to retain their majority (D – 55; R – 45).
Governor: Governor Mike Beebe (D) has concerns about the cost associated with a law to enforce federal immigration laws at the state level.
NCLR’s Arkansas State Assessment: Possibly debated
There is some organizing in Arkansas to support Arizona-like legislation, but they failed to get the measure onto the ballot. The federal lawsuit has served as a warning to the legislators in the state and legislators lack leadership on the issue.