3/19/2014 at 4:53 p.m.
Photo by KEN MOORE
Today, the Partnership for a New American Economy in Arkansas had a news conference in Little Rock to push for comprehensive immigration reform and announce a series of similar events in five cities across the state. The events will take place over the next month in Springdale, Fort Smith, Texarkana, Pine Bluff and Jonesboro.
Beau Bishop (pictured at podium), Arkansas Farm Bureau’s director of public policy for national affairs, participated in the conference along with Jay Chesshir, president and CEO of the Little Rock Chamber of Commerce; Randy Zook, president and CEO of the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce and Associated Industries of Arkansas; and Grant Tennille, executive director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission. The regional news conferences will focus on:
How immigration affects Arkansas as whole
How reform regarding labor could positively affect the state’s economy
The effect of immigration reform on agriculture, the state’s largest industry
The positive effects reform would have on labor markets and key industries in those five communities