Rutledge Joins President Donald J. Trump for Discussion on Illegal ImmigrationTue, Mar 20, 2018
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today participated in a discussion with President Donald J. Trump on the dangers of sanctuary jurisdictions and the importance of federal law enforcement efforts in combatting illegal immigration.
“As Arkansas’s chief legal officer, it was an honor to bring Arkansas’s voice to the table to share with President Trump the urgent need to protect our communities from radical sanctuary policies,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Unfortunately, the dangers of sanctuary cities and states do not stop at their borders – every Arkansan and American community is less safe because of unlawful actions taken by dangerous officials implementing their own radical agendas. These policies not only invite crime but encourage unconstitutional chaos by challenging the rule of law and pitting local and federal law enforcement agencies against each other. America is the ultimate sanctuary and we cannot allow our country to become a cesspool where illegal alien criminals can hide among our masses.”
Rutledge’s top priority as attorney general is keeping Arkansas’s law enforcement officers, communities and citizens safe. Sanctuary cities and states are a direct threat to Arkansans because they provide a safe haven for criminals and allow them to easily travel throughout the country. These policies also set a dangerous precedent allowing state and local entities to simply select which laws they will uphold.
Rutledge appeared at today’s meeting with U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR) and Pat Toomey (R-PA), Congressmen Michael McCaul (R-TX), Martha McSally (R-AZ) and Mark Meadows (R-NC), Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, ICE acting Director Tom Homan, Sacramento Sheriff Scott Jones, Gwinnett County (Ga.) Sheriff Butch Conway, Fort Collins Sheriff Justin Smith, Chicago Police Officer Kevin Graham, Fraternal Order of Police President Chuck Canterbury and Mary Ann Mendoza, whose son was killed by an undocumented immigrant.
Rutledge Joins Effort Supporting Federal Immigration LawsTue, Mar 20, 2018
Says, ‘If this ruling stands, it would set a dangerous precedent for communities across Arkansas’
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has joined a 13-state coalition supporting the State of Indiana’s capability to require local municipalities to comply with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainer requests.
According to Attorney General Rutledge and her colleagues, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana granted a consent decree from Marion County, Indiana which exempted the county from part of Indiana law, allowing the county to do what it preferred rather than complying with state law.
“In this case the court is not only encouraging municipalities to ignore state laws, but helping them actually break state laws they do not agree with,” Rutledge said. “If this ruling stands, it would set a dangerous precedent for communities across Arkansas and the entire country by disturbing the rule of law and discouraging cooperation with federal immigration officials.”
States that filed the brief include attorneys general from Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas and West Virginia, and governors from Kentucky and Maine.
Rutledge Welcomes Trump Administration’s Opioid InitiativeMon, Mar 19, 2018
Says, ‘I look forward to complementing our efforts in Arkansas with those set out by the President’
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge welcomes President Donald J. Trump’s bold initiative to combat the nation-wide opioid epidemic, which is decimating Arkansas families and communities. President Trump today announced that the opioid initiative would: reduce demand through education, awareness and prevention of over-prescription; cut off the flow of illicit drugs; and expand treatment opportunities for opioid and other drug addictions.
“President Trump and his Administration have shown tremendous leadership in battling the opioid crisis and I remain proud to work with leaders across the country on this issue,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “This lethal epidemic knows no bounds and requires an aggressive approach including education, treatment and litigation. Tackling the opioid crisis continues to be a top priority and I look forward to complementing our efforts in Arkansas with those set out by the President.”
Rutledge has brought a first-in-the-nation curriculum to Arkansas called Prescription for Life. Prescription for Life features a digital platform to help high school students in the State understand the dangers of prescription drug misuse and how to prevent abuse. The program is free to high schools and more information can be found at ArkansasAG.gov. The curriculum is part of the Attorney General’s already robust prescription drug abuse prevention initiative. The Attorney General’s office also pairs with local law enforcement to offer prescription drug take-backs at each mobile office location, collecting 195 pounds of prescription drugs at mobiles offices across the state in 2017.
In February, Rutledge appeared alongside U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and state Attorneys General from across the country to speak about the federal government’s plan to tackle the opioid epidemic and the Prescription Interdiction and Litigation Task Force.
Rutledge Announces Law Enforcement Training in NEAFri, Mar 16, 2018
Regional training April 9 in Pocahontas
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced a training opportunity for law enforcement officers in northeast Arkansas on April 9. This is the second year Attorney General Rutledge is offering the training event to supplement the annual Law Enforcement Summit. This year’s event, which will be held at Randolph County Development Center on the campus of Black River Technical College in Pocahontas, will once again provide free training and educational opportunities for the law enforcement community.
“As Arkansas’s Chief Law Enforcement Officer, it is important to me to provide continued training for our law enforcement officers around the State,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “The annual Law Enforcement Summit is one of our most popular events and these additional free trainings bring this opportunity to officers outside central Arkansas.”
This marks the first time the training has been offered in northeast Arkansas, allowing local officers easier access to the training.
Attendees will receive training on fighting the opioid epidemic in Arkansas from the Drug Enforcement Administration Little Rock District Office Assistant Special Agent in Charge Justin King and Drug Enforcement Administration Little Rock District Office Diversion Group Supervisor Irvin Reaves and Exodus Project Recovery Coordinator Jimmy McGill. Kim Arnold with the Arkansas Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness and Dianne Skaggs with the Mental Health Council of Arkansas will also provide training on crisis intervention.
Attorney General office attorneys will also be presenting in their area of expertise; Senior Assistant Attorney General Tammera Harrelson, Nurse Investigator Vicki Jones and Special Agents Dane Pedersen and Michael Thatch will discuss elder abuse, Deputy Attorney General Chuck Harder and Senior Assistant Attorney General Shawn Johnson will discuss protecting Arkansans from scams and identity theft and Deputy Attorney General Will Jones will discuss cyber crime investigations.
Registration is now open for the April 9 event, which begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 2:45 p.m. This training has been approved for 4.75 hours of Continuing Legal Education credit and 5 hours of Law Enforcement Standards credit.
Rutledge Joins Panel Discussion on NIFLA v. BecerraFri, Mar 16, 2018
Says, “I will not sit idly by while other states threaten freedom of speech”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today participated in a panel discussion on National Institution of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA) v. Becerra, a California case that will be argued before the U.S. Supreme Court next week. The case centers around the State of California’s attempt to stifle NIFLA’s freedom of speech by compelling the pro-life organization to promote abortion services. California is trying to require pregnancy centers that do not perform abortions or prescribe birth control to notify individuals about contraceptive and abortions offered by outside facilities.
“I will not sit idly by while other states threaten freedom of speech by forcing organizations to promote a procedure that they do not provide, do not believe in and find to be violent and immoral,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “This case will have longstanding ramifications and consequences for the freedoms of all Arkansans and every American. The State should not be allowed to compel speech they have no interest in – it’s absolutely absurd to force an organization to advertise services to which they are fundamentally opposed and do not provide.”
In January, Rutledge joined with 19 other attorneys general and the Governors of Kentucky and Maine in filing an amicus brief in support of NIFLA.
The panel discussion, which took place at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. and was organized by the Alliance Defending Freedom, included Rutledge, Alliance Defending Freedom legal counsel Denise Harle and Constitutional Accountability Center Chief Counsel Brianne Gorod.
Rutledge Applauds Governor Hutchinson’s Transformation PlanThu, Mar 15, 2018
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today applauds Governor Asa Hutchinson’s transformation plan, which will reduce the number of state agencies and save Arkansas taxpayers’ hard-earned money.
“Just as I have cut the budget for the Attorney General’s Office, it is time to cut costs across state government. The people deserve a government that not only works for them but works to save taxpayer dollars by cutting extraneous spending. Governor Hutchinson’s plan will ensure that Arkansas does business more efficiently and citizens are better served by the government officials they elect.”