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PNS Daily Newscast - December 12, 2017 


The 27-year-old suspect who attempted to bomb the New York subway reveals his motive; also on our rundown, a look at how the GOP tax plan targets the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate; plus - 'Tis the season to get ready for tax season.

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Public News Service - AR: Immigrant Issues

Border Patrol agents detain a group of unaccompanied Central American children shortly after they crossed the border into the United States. (vichinterland/iStockphoto)

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – Immigrant activists are criticizing members of the Arkansas congressional delegation for their opposition to converting a facility near Hot Springs into a shelter for immigrant children. Federal officials recently inspected the abandoned Ouachita Job Corps Center site to

Arkansas' uninsured rate for Hispanic children is comparable to the national average, but double the rate for children overall in the state. (Octavio Lopez/morguefile)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Arkansas could be doing a better job of reaching out to Latino families to get health insurance for their kids. That's one finding in a new report from the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families. Arkansas' uninsured rate for Hispanic children is 11 percent, comp

Leticia Reta is an undocumented immigrant living in Little Rock. She says for many years she was married to a man who beat her, but was afraid to leave because he threatened to have her deported. PHOTO courtesy of Reta.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - There are a lot of immigrant women in the United States who are abused, but afraid to say anything because they could be deported. Leticia Reta of Little Rock used to be one of those women, but she's not any more. Reta came to the U.S. two decades ago, and for years was married

Oscar Perez is in the U.S. without permission, but since coming to this country at 17 he's built a life and business that presently employs three. PHOTO of Oscar and his children at home, courtesy of Amanda Perez.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Behind all the immigration debates and statistics are real people, such as Amanda Paris Perez. Perez was born and raised in Rogers and still lives there, taking care of her two young children and helping her husband, Oscar, run a small construction firm. Oscar slipped i

Supporters say immigration reform would help not only the migrant families, but would also boost the state's economy. PHOTO courtesy of Arkansas Advocates for Children & Families.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Supporters of immigration reform say it would not only help the Arkansas economy, it would also bring in millions more in state and local taxes. According to the non-partisan, non-profit Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, Arkansas already collects more than $70 million a

PHOTO: Many immigrants say they'd be willing to follow the rigorous process outlined in the

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Arkansas' U.S. senators may be split on the immigration reform legislation up for debate in the Senate - but voters in the state, not so much. In a new poll, 67 percent of them support the Senate bill (S 744) crafted by the bipartisan "Gang of Eight," and there were similar resu

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