Disgraceful: Arkansas Republicans Vote to Give Professional Licenses to Illegal Aliens

Disgraceful: Arkansas Republicans Vote to Give Professional Licenses to Illegal Aliens
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The Republican dominated Arkansas legislature recently passed new legislation that will help illegal aliens compete with American citizens.

According to the Arkansas Nonprofit News Network:

Act 746, formerly HB 1735, will allow the state’s nearly 5,000 DACA recipients and other immigrants with work permits to obtain any professional or occupational license in Arkansas. The federal DACA program, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, covers immigrants who were brought to the United States, without authorization, as children. DACA allows these individuals — a group sometimes called “Dreamers” — to stay in the country free from the threat of deportation if they meet certain qualifications. Although DACA recipients are eligible for federal work permits, requirements at the state level have sometimes prevented them from becoming licensed in specific professional fields.

The legislation, sponsored by state Rep. Clint Penzo (R-Springdale) and state Sen. Bart Hester (R-Cave Springs), received overwhelming bipartisan support. It passed the House of Representatives 88-3 and the Senate 34-1; both chambers are controlled by large Republican supermajorities. It takes effect July 1.

Republicans hold 27 seats in the Arkansas Senate, to Democrats’ 7. One seat is held by an independent. In the Senate Republicans control 76 seats and Democrats 24.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson said the passage of the law across party lines “was a big victory for the young people who are talented and ready to build their future in our great state.

It’s bad enough that Democrats incessantly encourage and cater to illegal immigrants at every opportunity, but it’s even worse when Republicans put out the welcome mat for illegal aliens, undermine the rule of law and work to take jobs away from Americans. Republicans in Arkansas and even American workers in Arkansas deserve better representation than what they’re getting right now from Asa Hutchinson and company. Let’s hope they get it.

John Hawkins is the author of 101 Things All Young Adults Should Know. You can find him on Parler here and on Twitter here.


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