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New Interactive Timeline, Turnout Numbers Show: Iowa Dreamers and Immigration Advocates Defined the Iowa Caucus

While most Americans who pay attention to politics were focused on the Iowa caucuses for the past few months, immigration activists, including DREAMers, have been actively engaged on the front lines in the state for the past several years. The results have been two-pronged: 1) Defining candidates on the immigration issue; and 2) building lasting … Continue reading »

Immigration & 2016: Taking Stock After Iowa

In the aftermath of the Iowa caucus, here’s our assessment of the state of play for immigration politics. For Republicans:  The Entire GOP Field Has Lurched Hard Right on Immigration and Sunk the GOP Brand to the Bottom with Latino and Immigrant Voters: The entire Republican presidential field pledges to ramp up enforcement, block an … Continue reading »

ICYMI: Must Read Analyses on Roots & Consequences of GOP Lurch to Right on Immigration

Brian Beutler in The New Republic and Peter Beinart in The Atlantic Assess Republicans and Immigration Ahead of tonight’s Iowa caucuses, recent analyses from Brian Beutler of The New Republic and Peter Beinart of The Atlantic assess the roots and consequences of the Republican lurch to the right on immigration.  We excerpt the pieces below:  Brian Beutler in The New Republic: “This … Continue reading »

Iowa Still Matters And That’s Bad News For The GOP

Last January, I wrote that immigration hardliners like Steve King were making the Iowa Republican Caucuses irrelevant. Well, I was wrong — sort of. The demographics (not to mention the conservative ideology) of Iowa Republican caucus goers make it hard for Republican candidates to win both the Iowa caucus and the general election. But here’s … Continue reading »

Iowa Rep. Dave Loebsack Introduces Legislation To Reunite Deported Pastor Max With His Family

Nearly a year after his deportation to Honduras, a new effort to return Pastor Max to his family in Iowa has begun. Rep. Dave Loebsack, from Iowa’s Second Congressional District, yesterday introduced legislation aimed at reuniting the Pastor with his wife Gloria and their four US citizen children in the United States. Pastor Max’s arrest … Continue reading »

Bill to Bring Pastor Max Villatoro Back to the U.S Shines Light On Larger Immigration Problem

Yesterday, U.S. Congressman Dave Loebsack introduced legislation aimed at uniting deported Iowa City Pastor Max Villatoro with his family. Pastor Max’s case generated widespread local and national attention last year when—despite being a prime candidate for prosecutorial discretion under the Obama administration’s new guidelines—Max was separated from his family and deported to Honduras. Congressman Loebsack’s legislation would allow Villatoro to be … Continue reading »

“Caucus To End Hate”: Iowa Latinos Respond To Joint Trump, Arpaio Rally With Protest, Voter Registration Drive

Iowa Latinos participated in a silent protest and voter registration event in response to Donald Trump’s campaign stop in Marshalltown, Iowa yesterday, where he eagerly received an endorsement from notorious Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Immigrant activists preparing to protest the Trump/Joe Arpaio rally in Marshalltown. pic.twitter.com/MP189Qq5nu — Kate Linthicum (@katelinthicum) January 26, 2016 Sheriff … Continue reading »

Iowa Latinos, Immigration Advocates Set To Protest Joint Trump-Arpaio Rally Today

The League of United Latin American Citizens of Iowa (LULAC), Immigrant Allies, and advocates will protest a Donald Trump rally in Iowa today, where beleaguered Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is expected to endorse the candidate for President. From the New York Times: Mr. Arpaio, who espouses some of the Republican Party’s most conservative views about … Continue reading »

Iowa Latinos, Immigration Advocates Set To Protest Joint Trump-Arpaio Rally Today

The League of United Latin American Citizens of Iowa (LULAC), Immigrant Allies, and advocates will protest a Donald Trump rally in Iowa today, where beleaguered Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is expected to endorse the candidate for President. From the New York Times: Mr. Arpaio, who espouses some of the Republican Party’s most conservative views … Continue reading »

Iowa Caucus Must-Reads: New Des Moines Register Series Captures the Growing Disconnect Between Iowa Voters and the GOP’s Lurch to the Right on Immigration

Recently, two Arizona reporters seasoned in the nuances of immigration politics–Dan Nowicki and Daniel Gonzalez–headed to Iowa to cover the issue before the state’s first-in-the-nation presidential caucuses.  What they found there may surprise someone who hasn’t spent much time in the state. Northwest Iowa may be “Steve King country” in its largest stereotype, but their articles, published in the Des Moines Register, show that public opinion about immigrants is not … Continue reading »