Arkansas immigration advocates slam House GOP over anti-Dream vote

WASHINGTON (Arkansas News Bureau) -- Arkansas United Community Coalition condemned passage of an anti-immigration measure in the House on Thursday that could lead to the deportation of thousands of young immigrants.

"We are gravely disappointed that all four of Arkansas' congressmen supported this amendment," the Fayetteville-based group said in a statement.

The House voted 224-201 Thursday in favor of a measure offered by Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, to defund presidential orders that allow immigration enforcement officials to focus deportation efforts on illegal immigrants who have been convicted of crimes. Six Republicans opposed it while only three Democrats supported it.

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