A protester at the pro-immigrant Arkansas Friendship Coalition’s press conference yesterday alleged that UAMS is using illegal aliens working for $3.50 an hour in construction on campus. Alan Leveritt, publisher of the Times and a member of the alliance, called the allegation “nonsense.”

So does UAMS. Spokesperson Leslie Taylor said UAMS, like all state agencies, has to abide by the Davis-Bacon Act that requires its contractors pay prevailing wages. She said UAMS is unaware of any illegal aliens among the crews — employed by major state building contractor CDI and others — building the new hospital tower.