Immigration

DACA Supporters Rally in Lexington

Sep 6, 2017
Stu Johnson

As in many communities across Kentucky and the nation, supporters of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals took to the streets of Lexington last night. 

The outcry comes in the wake of the Trump administration’s announcement Tuesday to phase DACA out in six months.


With refugee immigration to the United States much in the news, Tom Martin talks with Dana Lea, community engagement coordinator for the Lexington Division of the Kentucky Refugee Ministries.

Marisa Hempel

The new president’s executive order limiting travel from seven Middle Eastern and African countries has kept immigration on our minds these past couple of weeks.


On this week’s EST, we’ll discuss immigration in the Commonwealth.

 

 

John Hingsbergen

A crowd of at least a thousand gathered Sunday in downtown Lexington to show support for immigrants and refugees and disapproval of President Trump’s ban on travel from seven predominantly-Muslim nations.

The rally went forward despite a federal judge’s “stay” of the president’s executive order. It was organized by area high school and college students. It included remarks by representatives of the local religious and civil rights leaders and elected officials including 13th District State Senator Reggie Thomas.

Days after President Donald Trump’s executive order relating to immigration and refugees, Kentucky’s elected officials are mostly silent on the issue.

Gov. Matt Bevin, Rep. Hal Rogers, Rep. Andy Barr, Rep. Thomas Massie, Rep. Brett Guthrie and Rep. James Comer haven’t responded to repeated requests for comment.

Kentucky.com

Following a weekend of reactions to President Donald Trump’s executive order limiting immigration into the U.S, Lexington’s mayor says the city will continue welcoming those who come into the community. 
 

Mayor Jim Gray reacted to the nationwide and international controversy in a series of tweets, beginning with the comment that (quote) “The President's actions have created unnecessary anxiety and unrest.His poorly developed plan divides the American people.”

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An executive order issued Friday banning refugees and limiting immigration from several Muslim-majority countries set off a flurry of protests and court filings over the weekend.

Pew Research Center

A new study ranks Kentucky among the states with big declines in unauthorized immigrant populations in recent years.

www.vox.com

Kentucky has less than 1 percent of the unaccompanied children crossing into the United States.

U.S. Senate

 U.S. Sen. Rand Paul says Fort Knox has been talked about as a possible site to temporarily house immigrant children pouring across the country's border. But a Democratic congressman indicates the Army post is not under consideration as a place to shelter young migrants.

On this week's edition of Kentucky Tonight, host Bill Goodman and guests will discuss illegal immigration. The program, which airs "live" at 8pm Monday, will be repeated at 11 am Tuesday on WEKU.