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Hundreds of people in Lawrence, Kansas, have mobilized around an effort to stop the deportation of Syed Jamal, a beloved father, chemistry professor and community volunteer.

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The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, is set to expire in a less than a month. The White House has offered a proposal that protects Dreamers, but limits legal immigration. One Wichita woman says the plan puts her in a difficult position.

The woman, who asked that her name not be used, is a U.S. citizen — but her parents, who live in Wichita, aren't.

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A humanitarian group that helps refugees settle in western Kansas is shutting down its office in the region amid changing rules that welcome fewer newcomers to the country and the state.

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Kansas Congressman Kevin Yoder will attend Tuesday night’s State of the Union address with Sunayana Dumala, the widow of the Indian man killed in an alleged hate crime at a bar in Olathe nearly a year ago.

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A Wichita advocacy group says the latest GOP immigration proposal is using Dreamers as “bargaining chips” to push for tighter laws.

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It’s a time of low unemployment across the Midwest, leading to a labor shortage that’s stunting the growth of urban and rural businesses. Given that Donald Trump campaigned on a staunchly pro-business platform, one would think he’d have instituted policies benefiting everything from high-tech startups to huge dairy operations.

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On a feedlot in far southwest Kansas, two cowboys on horseback move cattle on the high dusty plains, spread out like dozens of football fields stitched together with miles of fences. Their “Buenos dias! Buenos dias!” greetings mix with moos on a hot summer morning.

They’re two of the 400 employees who work on the feedlot, which is one of the largest in the U.S. in a state that ranks third in meat production.

Experts are saying the Kansas economy is heavily dependent on global free trade and immigrant labor at a time when both are considered charged political issues in the U.S.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports that the University of Kansas' Institute for Policy and Social Research sponsored the annual Kansas Economic Policy Conference on Thursday.

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A rural hospital administrator in southwest Kansas has taken on the role of go-between for Kansans and immigrants from war-ravaged countries on the other side of the world.

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Kansas is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse rulings by the state's highest court that they say prevent the state from prosecuting immigrants in the U.S. illegally for identity theft.

Attorney General Derek Schmidt said in a news release three rulings last week by the Kansas Supreme Court said federal immigration law superseded Kansas law in those types of cases.