Senator Seeks Answers From Arkansas Governor On Immigrants

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CAVE SPRINGS (KFSM) - Sen. Bart Hester, R-Cave Springs, wrote a letter to Gov. Mike Beebe on Friday (Aug. 1) asking what contact the state has had with the federal government concerning immigrants who recently entered the country, and Arkansas, illegally.

In the letter, Hester wrote, "I am writing concerning reports the federal government has begun housing illegal immigrants in states across the country, often times without the knowledge or consent of governors or legislatures."

Hester calls the recent immigration situation a "security crisis" and "humanitarian and health crisis."

Four main questions outlined by Hester in the letter are:

  1. Is the federal government currently placing illegal immigrant refugees in the state of Arkansas?
  2. If the answer to the above question is yes, how many have been re-located to our state to date, and where are they being housed?
  3. What steps are being taken by the state to secure these locations in terms of both safety and public health?
  4. What contact has our state had with the federal government regarding the housing of illegal immigrants?

The state senator also said in the letter that it is likely, in the next few weeks, members of the Legislature will schedule committee meetings to hold public discussions on illegal crossings at the U.S. Southern border and how the crossings are affecting Arkansas.

Governor Beebe's spokesman Matt DeCample tells 5NEWS that the governor will directly respond to the letter in the near future.

DeCample says that there are currently 166 immigrant children who are in the state illegally, who were placed with sponsor families. The Federal Government placed the kids within the state, and checked every child for disease and vaccinations.

The governor's office says they were not involved in the placing of any immigrant children in the country illegally within the state.

To read a full copy of the letter, click here. 


  • Elaphas

    They are here. Buses marked ‘Del Rio” and ‘Torres Tours’ driving up and down I-49 carrying “tourists” can’t get more obvious than that. People – you need to wake up! Your country is being invaded, and if you just ignore it, your children and grandchildren will pay for it dearly.

  • Tom Sambo

    Consider two families: “John Legal” and “Juan Illegal”. Both families have two parents, two children, and live in Arizona …
    John Legal works in construction, has a Social Security Number and makes $25.00 per hour with taxes deducted.
    Juan Illegal also works in construction, has NO Social Security Number, and gets paid $15.00 in cash “under the table”.
    Now the math:
    John Legal: $25.00 per hour x 40 hours = $1000.00 per week, or $52,000.00 per year. Now take 30% away for state and federal tax; John Legal now has $31,231.00.
    Juan Illegal: $15.00 per hour x 40 hours = $600.00 per week, or $31,200 per year.Juan Illegal pays no taxes. Juan Illegal now has $31,200.00.
    John Legal pays medical and dental insurance with limited coverage for his family at $600.00 per month, or $7,200.00 per year. John Legal now has $24,031.00.
    Juan Illegal has full medical and dental coverage through the state and local clinics and emergency hospitals at a cost of $0.00 per year. Juan Illegal still has $31,200.00.
    John Legal makes too much money and is not eligible for food stamps or welfare. John Legal pays $500.00 per month for food, or $6,000..00 per year. John Legal now has $18,031.00.
    Juan Illegal has no documented income and is eligible for food stamps, WIC and welfare. Juan Illegal still has $31,200.00.
    John Legal pays rent of $1,200.00 per month, or $14,400.00 per year. John Legal now has 9,631.00.
    Juan Illegal receives a $500.00 per month Federal Rent Subsidy. Juan Illegal pays out that $500.00 per month, or $6,000.00 per year. Juan Illegal still has $ 31,200.00.
    John Legal pays $200.00 per month, or $2,400.00 for car insurance. Some of that is uninsured motorist insurance. John Legal now has $7,231.00.
    Juan Illegal says, “We don’t need no stinkin’ insurance!” and still has $31,200.00.
    John Legal has to make his $7,231.00 stretch to pay utilities, gasoline, etc..
    Juan Illegal has to make his $31,200.00 stretch to pay utilities, gasoline, and what he sends out of the country every month..
    John Legal now works overtime on Saturdays or gets a part time job after work.
    Juan Illegal has nights and weekends off to enjoy with his family.
    John Legal’s and Juan Illegal’s children both attend the same elementary school. John Legal pays for his children’s lunches, while Juan Illegal’s children get a government sponsored lunch.
    Now, when they reach college age, John Legal’s kids may not get into a State School and may not qualify for scholarships, grants or other tuition help, even though John has been paying for state schools through his taxes, while Juan Illegal’s kids “go to the head of the class” because they are a minority. Although John Legal’s children have better grades, it is Juan Illegal’s children who get into a law school on the basis of the “hardships and life-experiences” they have overcome.
    John Legal and Juan Illegal both enjoy the same police and fire services, but John paid for them and Juan did not pay.
    If you support politicians who support illegal immigration – you’re part of the problem.

    • Jcar

      Great way to state the Problem Tom. Any TRUE American should be able to SEE the Wrong with Illegals! Anyone supporting Illlegals ought to be deported with them!! There are laws and legal means already set up for handling Illegals. I like Hester and I think that he is for the people (True Americans/Arkansans) and has a liitle Good Fight in him. He is still new and young enough that he hasn’t sold out yet to the Political Machine.

    • Collins Batchelor

      You have too many inaccuracies to address. Suffice it to say, almost every claim you make is incorrect. BTW – why don’t you express any anger to the employer that willfully hired someone they knew was an illegal immigrant?

  • Ted

    Hester is getting pretty good at grandstanding. I mean he’s not quite to Mark Darr levels yet, but he’s getting there. I really wish KFSM wouldn’t present so much right-wing propaganda though.

      • Ted

        Anyone else reporting this grandstanding? The other 2 channels? The state newspaper? The local newspaper? No they aren’t. Why not? Because they know Bart Hester’s primary goal is to get Bart Hester’s name out there, not to pester the governor with questions he already knows the answer to.

        Since KFSM is unlikely to report the governor’s response, here is what an actual news source said: “There has been no discussion about any large-scale placement of any children in Arkansas.” He said the governor’s office has known — and it’s been reported for several weeks — that there have been some “individual sponsored placements” in Arkansas — 166 since Jan. 1. A website tracks these children. They were placed with parents, relatives or friends from home countries already in Arkansas. They receive health screenings and vaccinations and are not placed if contagious, DeCample said.”

        I’m much more concerned with Asa! breaking state law again by claiming homestead tax credits in both Pulaski and Benton counties. You’d think a liberal mouthpiece like KFSM would be all over this Republican tax-dodging, but nope absolute silence. Of course I would have also thought that a lawyer running for governor would be slightly familiar with the laws of the state, but Hutchinson with his tax fraud and attempted voting fraud keeps proving me wrong.

  • Arnold Fudpucker

    Here is some copy I have seen earlier about this farce.

    ” Imagine you are a 3 year old to 8 year old child. You are on your own without adults. You are asked to walk from Houston, Texas to Minneapolis, Minnesota on your own with no food or belongings to sustain you. Then you are asked to walk an addition 100 miles past Minnesota. Could YOU do it?
    Now, how long would it take you as a 6 year old? That is the minimum distance these poor, helpless little ones have supposedly walked from Central America to the border of Texas, again, on their own. They didn’t get lost. The Mexicans didn’t stop them . And they survived the journey without help (unless you buy in to the notion that a destitute out-of-work family run out of their homes by gangs and living in squalor somehow came up with $8,000 to $10,000 for EACH child to pay a coyote to take them to the border).
    The whole truth is NOT being given to us, folks. Someone created and assisted this, and the media should be figuring out who it is.”
    I’m glad Hester is asking the questions. The gubbamint b lying to us I fear.

  • Dan

    I’ve found it odd that Ft Chaffee has been a refugee base for Vietnamese, Cubans, and for victims of Katrina yet nothing has been mentioned about utilizing Ft Chaffee for the current illegals. As such, I’m just wondering if there are already illegals being house at Ft Chaffee without the public’s knowledge. Can’t count on local media to do any type of investigative reporting to inform the public.

  • Hm...

    My husband is an american soldier and just completed a 3 week long training session at Ft.Chaffee. I think he may have noticed illegal immigrants being housed there, if there were any. And there are not.

  • Equality

    These children coming across the border are protected under a law that Bush signed into law, saying that children coming from Central American countries south of Mexico are to be allowed in this country if they come alone. You can change the law but the ones who entered the country under that are protected under that law. These children have a right to their due process, and some of these children are being deported without their day in court or being represented properly. Hispanics bring a lot to the society we live in. They are a loyal loving people. Don’t hate people who are different than you.

    • Steve

      You’re wrong and should read this law instead of just posting something you heard. Canadians and Mexicans are excluded from this very law you are touting.

      • Aaron Burns

        Steve, could you elaborate? Equality is spot on to why we have to house these immigrants once they get here. You can have your opinion on the matter but we all start with the same facts!

    • nurse1

      I did check my history. My family came through Ellis Island…LEGALLY! Why does everyone always bring up history or the race card? This is now and we have laws for a reason! Follow them or go back.

  • Chuck U. Farley

    I’ve found it odd that Ft Chaffee has been a refugee base for Vietnamese, Cubans, and for victims of Katrina yet nothing has been mentioned about utilizing Ft Chaffee for the current illegals. As such, I’m just wondering if there are already illegals being house at Ft Chaffee without the public’s knowledge. Can’t count on local media to do any type of investigative reporting to inform the public
    Dan, yes they are being housed close to there. In Barling, Fort Smith, Van Buren, etc…During the day, the illegals can be found at Simmons, OK Foods, Parks Bros, I almost said Whirlpool but wait!!!! Whirlpool went to them!!!

  • matt

    America doesn’t have the means to support most Americans. This once proud nation will turn into a third world nation if we continue letting in third world people.

    • Kevin

      Ding Ding Ding Matt you are the first to figure it out. Thats Obama’s goal he believes so much in equality he wants us to be equal with all the the third world countries.

  • bobby

    I know a some hard working people legally working here in the U.S.A paying taxes going by the rules having to pay 500 to 800 dollars and have to take time off work to travel to Texas or California to renew their work visas. Stop pimping the working class to take care of the illegals!

  • Steve

    It’s NOT a hate thing. The term is ILLEGAL alien. I don’t care what race you are, if you are entering the country illegally, you should be deported. End of story.

  • Ayleen

    LOL…all of you are a joke. Hispanics work just as hard if not harder than anyone else. we are all here for the same reason: to work and support our family. it makes me sick to know people think otherwise! some Hispanics do the work a “AMERICAN” wouldn’t dare to do. ILLEGAL or NOT we work just as hard.

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