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{{ARConstitution}}{{tnr}}The '''Arkansas Illegal Immigrant Benefits Ban Amendment''' may appear on the [[Arkansas 2012 ballot measures|November 8, 2012]] ballot in the state of [[Arkansas]] as an {{icafull}}. The measure, being spearheaded by the group Secure Arkansas, was gathering signatures for the fall 2010 ballot, but did not collect enough signatures for the ballot.  Supporters have stated a desire to make the 2012 ballot. If the measure is sent to the ballot and enacted by voters, it would ban most illegal immigrants from receiving benefits given by the state.<ref> [http://bluearkansasblog.com/?p=3419 ''Blue Arkansas'', "Secure Arkansas Vowing To Fight On To 2011…Comedy Ensues", July 17, 2010]</ref>
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{{noar2012}}The '''Arkansas Illegal Immigrant Benefits Ban Amendment''' did not make the [[Arkansas 2012 ballot measures|November 8, 2012]] ballot in the state of [[Arkansas]] as an {{icafull}}. The measure, spearheaded by the group Secure Arkansas, was gathering signatures for the fall 2010 ballot, but did not collect enough signatures for the ballot.  Supporters stated a desire to make the 2012 ballot, but did not make that either. It would have banned most illegal immigrants from receiving benefits given by the state.<ref> [http://bluearkansasblog.com/?p=3419 ''Blue Arkansas'', "Secure Arkansas Vowing To Fight On To 2011…Comedy Ensues," July 17, 2010]</ref>
  
According to supporters, the ban would not be extended to children under 14 years of age and illegal immigrants could still receive emergency care. Sponsors for the measure submitted signatures to the [[Arkansas Secretary of State]]'s office, and signatures were reviewed.  According to reports, sponsors submitted approximately 78,000 signatures for the November 2, 2010 ballot. However, according to the [[Arkansas Secretary of State]]'s office, only 67,542 were valid.<ref> [http://www.nwaonline.com/news/2010/apr/14/secure-arkansas-seeks-signatures-petition/ ''NWA Online'', "Secure Arkansas Seeks Signatures For Petition", April 19, 2010]</ref><ref> [http://www.katv.com/news/stories/0710/752115.html ''KATV.com'', "Petition Submitted for Illegal Immigration Measure", July 3, 2010]</ref>
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According to supporters, the ban would have not been extended to children under 14 years of age and illegal immigrants could have received emergency care. Sponsors for the measure submitted signatures to the [[Arkansas Secretary of State]]'s office, and signatures were reviewed.  According to reports, sponsors submitted approximately 78,000 signatures for the November 2, 2010 ballot. However, according to the [[Arkansas Secretary of State]]'s office, only 67,542 were valid.<ref> [http://www.nwaonline.com/news/2010/apr/14/secure-arkansas-seeks-signatures-petition/ ''NWA Online'', "Secure Arkansas Seeks Signatures For Petition," April 19, 2010]</ref><ref> [http://www.katv.com/news/stories/0710/752115.html ''KATV.com'', "Petition Submitted for Illegal Immigration Measure," July 3, 2010]</ref>
  
Reports out of the state claimed that the [[Arkansas Secretary of State]]'s office had hired an accounting firm to count the signatures turned in.  The office had 30 days after the deadline to inform sponsors if the measure had made the ballot.<ref> [http://www.todaysthv.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=108017&catid=2 ''Todaysthv.com'', "State verifies signatures for immigration reform initiative", July 8, 2010]</ref>
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Reports out of the state claimed that the [[Arkansas Secretary of State]]'s office had hired an accounting firm to count the signatures turned in.  The office had 30 days after the deadline to inform sponsors if the measure had made the ballot.<ref> [http://www.todaysthv.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=108017&catid=2 ''Todaysthv.com'', "State verifies signatures for immigration reform initiative," July 8, 2010]</ref>
 
==Support==
 
==Support==
 
===Supporters===
 
===Supporters===
The following are supporters for the proposed measure:<ref name=Arizona/>
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The following were supporters for the proposed measure:<ref name=Arizona/>
  
 
* [http://www.securearkansas.com/index.html Secure Arkansas]
 
* [http://www.securearkansas.com/index.html Secure Arkansas]
  
 
===Arguments===
 
===Arguments===
Arguments that had been made in support of the measure were:<ref name=Arizona> [http://arkansasnews.com/2010/04/27/illegal-immigration-foes-want-arkansas-to-emulate-arizona/ ''Arkansas News'', "Illegal immigration foes want Arkansas to emulate Arizona", April 27, 2010]</ref>
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Arguments that had been made in support of the measure were:<ref name=Arizona> [http://arkansasnews.com/2010/04/27/illegal-immigration-foes-want-arkansas-to-emulate-arizona/ ''Arkansas News'', "Illegal immigration foes want Arkansas to emulate Arizona," April 27, 2010]</ref>
  
 
* Secure Arkansas, the group circulating the petition, claimed that illegal immigrants were draining state coffers.   
 
* Secure Arkansas, the group circulating the petition, claimed that illegal immigrants were draining state coffers.   
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===Tactics and strategies===
 
===Tactics and strategies===
  
* During the Arkansas primary elections on [[BC2010#May|May 18, 2010]], Secure Arkansas set up stations near polling places to gather signatures for their petition drive.  In Fayetteville, the group had collected about 100 signatures during the elections.<ref name=group> [http://www.4029tv.com/news/23599658/detail.html ''4029tv.com'', "Group Hopes To Get Initiative On Nov. Ballot", May 18, 2010]</ref>
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* During the Arkansas primary elections on [[BC2010#May|May 18, 2010]], Secure Arkansas set up stations near polling places to gather signatures for their petition drive.  In Fayetteville, the group had collected about 100 signatures during the elections.<ref name=group> [http://www.4029tv.com/news/23599658/detail.html ''4029tv.com'', "Group Hopes To Get Initiative On Nov. Ballot," May 18, 2010]</ref>
* According to reports, supporters held 38 statewide rallies on [[BC2010#June|June 11, 2010]].<ref> [http://www.4029tv.com/news/23861999/detail.html ''4029tv.com'', "Group Gathers Petition For Constitutional Amendment", June 10, 2010]</ref>
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* According to reports, supporters held 38 statewide rallies on [[BC2010#June|June 11, 2010]].<ref> [http://www.4029tv.com/news/23861999/detail.html ''4029tv.com'', "Group Gathers Petition For Constitutional Amendment," June 10, 2010]</ref>
  
 
==Opposition==
 
==Opposition==
 
===Opponents===
 
===Opponents===
The following are opponents of the proposed measure:<ref name=Arizona/>
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The following were opponents of the proposed measure:<ref name=Arizona/>
  
 
* [http://www.lulac.org/The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC)], Arkansas Chapter
 
* [http://www.lulac.org/The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC)], Arkansas Chapter
* [http://www.arfriendshipcoalition.org/ The Arkansas Friendship Coalition]<ref> [http://ballotpedia.org/wiki/index.php/Petition_drive_deadlines,_2010 ''Today's THV'', "Secure Arkansas working to put legislation on ballot preventing illegals from receiving benefits", April 29, 2010]</ref>
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* [http://www.arfriendshipcoalition.org/ The Arkansas Friendship Coalition]<ref> [http://ballotpedia.org/wiki/index.php/Petition_drive_deadlines,_2010 ''Today's THV'', "Secure Arkansas working to put legislation on ballot preventing illegals from receiving benefits," April 29, 2010]</ref>
  
 
===Arguments===
 
===Arguments===
 
Arguments that had been made against the proposed measure were:<ref name=Arizona/>
 
Arguments that had been made against the proposed measure were:<ref name=Arizona/>
  
* According to LULAC, any action on the illegal immigration issue should be a national matter.  Spokesman Michel Leidermann [[Arizona Immigration Law Repeal (2010)|referred to the immigration bill signed into law in Arizona]], stating, "The solution to immigration has to be on a national level and cannot be state by state. The only thing they’re forcing with that is that Latinos in Arizona will emigrate to other states, so we don’t solve anything with that.”
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* According to LULAC, any action on the illegal immigration issue should have been a national matter.  Spokesman Michel Leidermann [[Arizona Immigration Law Repeal (2010)|referred to the immigration bill signed into law in Arizona]], stating, "The solution to immigration has to be on a national level and cannot be state by state. The only thing they’re forcing with that is that Latinos in Arizona will emigrate to other states, so we don’t solve anything with that.”
  
 
* According to one voter voting in the Arkansas primary elections, and commenting after seeing Secure Arkansas' petition drive's strategy to set up signature collecting stations at polling places, "Steal bread if you're hungry. They're not stealing bread. They're just here to work so they can earn money to buy bread."<ref name=group/>
 
* According to one voter voting in the Arkansas primary elections, and commenting after seeing Secure Arkansas' petition drive's strategy to set up signature collecting stations at polling places, "Steal bread if you're hungry. They're not stealing bread. They're just here to work so they can earn money to buy bread."<ref name=group/>
  
 
==Path to the ballot==
 
==Path to the ballot==
Petition organizers must have collected the required 77,468 signatures by the [[Petition drive deadlines, 2010|July 2, 2010 petition drive deadline]] in order the measure to be considered for the [[Arkansas 2010 ballot measures|November 2, 2010 ballot]].  The signatures must have been turned in to the [[Arkansas Secretary of State]] and signatures must have been from registered voters in the state in order to have been considered valid. However, this process was not completed.  The initiative's sponsors will now try to place the measure on a future ballot.<ref> [http://www.katv.com/news/stories/0610/750936.html ''KATV.com'', "Group Says They Are Close to Getting Immigration Initiative on Ballot", June 30, 2010]</ref>
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Petition organizers must have collected the required 77,468 signatures by the [[Petition drive deadlines, 2010|July 2, 2010 petition drive deadline]] in order the measure to be considered for the [[Arkansas 2010 ballot measures|November 2, 2010 ballot]].  The signatures must have been turned in to the [[Arkansas Secretary of State]] and signatures must have been from registered voters in the state in order to have been considered valid. However, this process was not completed.  The initiative's sponsors stated they would focus to place the measure on the 2012 ballot if legislature did not act on the issue. No 2012 ballot initiative came into fruition.<ref> [http://www.katv.com/news/stories/0610/750936.html ''KATV.com'', "Group Says They Are Close to Getting Immigration Initiative on Ballot," June 30, 2010]</ref>
  
 
==See also==
 
==See also==
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The Arkansas Illegal Immigrant Benefits Ban Amendment did not make the November 8, 2012 ballot in the state of Arkansas as an initiated constitutional amendment. The measure, spearheaded by the group Secure Arkansas, was gathering signatures for the fall 2010 ballot, but did not collect enough signatures for the ballot. Supporters stated a desire to make the 2012 ballot, but did not make that either. It would have banned most illegal immigrants from receiving benefits given by the state.[1]

According to supporters, the ban would have not been extended to children under 14 years of age and illegal immigrants could have received emergency care. Sponsors for the measure submitted signatures to the Arkansas Secretary of State's office, and signatures were reviewed. According to reports, sponsors submitted approximately 78,000 signatures for the November 2, 2010 ballot. However, according to the Arkansas Secretary of State's office, only 67,542 were valid.[2][3]

Reports out of the state claimed that the Arkansas Secretary of State's office had hired an accounting firm to count the signatures turned in. The office had 30 days after the deadline to inform sponsors if the measure had made the ballot.[4]

Support

Supporters

The following were supporters for the proposed measure:[5]

Arguments

Arguments that had been made in support of the measure were:[5]

  • Secure Arkansas, the group circulating the petition, claimed that illegal immigrants were draining state coffers.
  • According to Jeannie Burlsworth, chairman of Secure Arkansas, "When we have to educate and feed and do the health care with the illegals, it’s overwhelming to the taxpayer. Finally, the taxpayer can’t give any more."

Tactics and strategies

  • During the Arkansas primary elections on May 18, 2010, Secure Arkansas set up stations near polling places to gather signatures for their petition drive. In Fayetteville, the group had collected about 100 signatures during the elections.[6]
  • According to reports, supporters held 38 statewide rallies on June 11, 2010.[7]

Opposition

Opponents

The following were opponents of the proposed measure:[5]

Arguments

Arguments that had been made against the proposed measure were:[5]

  • According to LULAC, any action on the illegal immigration issue should have been a national matter. Spokesman Michel Leidermann referred to the immigration bill signed into law in Arizona, stating, "The solution to immigration has to be on a national level and cannot be state by state. The only thing they’re forcing with that is that Latinos in Arizona will emigrate to other states, so we don’t solve anything with that.”
  • According to one voter voting in the Arkansas primary elections, and commenting after seeing Secure Arkansas' petition drive's strategy to set up signature collecting stations at polling places, "Steal bread if you're hungry. They're not stealing bread. They're just here to work so they can earn money to buy bread."[6]

Path to the ballot

Petition organizers must have collected the required 77,468 signatures by the July 2, 2010 petition drive deadline in order the measure to be considered for the November 2, 2010 ballot. The signatures must have been turned in to the Arkansas Secretary of State and signatures must have been from registered voters in the state in order to have been considered valid. However, this process was not completed. The initiative's sponsors stated they would focus to place the measure on the 2012 ballot if legislature did not act on the issue. No 2012 ballot initiative came into fruition.[9]

See also

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