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Is The Iowa Caucus Just for Billionaires?

DREAMers Refuse to be silenced by Citizens United and Steve King DES MOINES — Today at 5:30pm central, national immigrant rights leaders along with Iowa advocates are holding a press conference in front of the Polk County Courthouse to send a message to 2016 GOP Presidential Candidates that the undocumented community will not be intimidated … Continue reading »

Steve King Is Making Iowa Events Irrelevant — Is That Why Jeb Bush Is Skipping The Straw Poll?

Yesterday, the Des Moines Register reported that likely 2016 Presidential candidate Jeb Bush will skip this year’s Iowa Straw Poll, which is hosted before every Presidential election by the Republican Party of Iowa. “Bush, a former Florida governor, is the first well-known Republican in the 2016 presidential field to officially opt out of the straw poll, … Continue reading »

ICE Denies Stay of Removal Request for Iowa Pastor and Father of 4 U.S. Citizen Children

Despite Renewed Dept. Priorities, ICE Insists on Wasting Resources Deporting Beloved Pastor and Separating American Family Today, in the wake of a relentless, nationwide mobilization against the arrest of Mennonite Pastor Max Villatoro, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has decided to deny a stay of removal for Pastor Max, making the horrific nightmare of deportation one step closer … Continue reading »

Supporters of Pastor Max Send Video Messages to President Obama Asking Him to Stop Max's Deportation

In addition to the 42,000 people that have signed petitions to stop Max’s deportation, supporters of Pastor Max are recording their own videos asking President Obama to keep Max’s family together. Here’s what started it all. Pastor Max’s wife Gloria and their four children, pleading to President Obama to let Max return back home to … Continue reading »

In Emotional Video, Iowa Pastor's Wife Pleads to President Obama To Stop Husband's Deportation

In an emotional video filmed last night, Pastor Max Villatoro’s wife and their four U.S. citizen children directly pleaded to President Barack Obama to halt Max’s deportation and let him return to his family and community in Iowa: “I need my husband back. My kids need their dad. I’m so scared, I don’t know what … Continue reading »

In the Darkness of Night, ICE Accelerates Plans to Deport Beloved Iowa Pastor and Father of Four U.S. Citizen Children

After Series of Arbitrary Transfers to Multiple Detention Centers, ICE Seeks Apparent Retaliation Against Pastor Max Villatoro and His Loved Ones; Community Demands Answers After a week-long, nationwide mobilization against the arrest of local Mennonite Pastor Max Villatoro, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) appears to be unmoved by the intensifying pressure from the community.  In fact, tonight, ICE … Continue reading »

Iowa Community, Faith Leaders Deliver 25,000 Signatures To ICE In Support Of Pastor Facing Deportation

Yesterday, Iowa community members and local faith leaders delivered more than 25,000 signatures in support of Pastor Max Villatoro to regional ICE headquarters in Omaha. Pastor Villatoro was arrested by immigration officials in the early morning hours of March 3rd and is now dangerously close to deportation and separation from his family, including his four … Continue reading »

With Deportation Imminent, Iowa Community Unites to Deliver Nearly 25,000 Petitions in Support of Local Pastor

In the Wake of Deportation Order, Iowa City Pastor Max Villatoro and Father of Four Receives Outpouring of Public Support  After learning that Max Villatoro, a local Mennonite Pastor and father of four U.S. citizen children, was being targeted for deportation, the local Iowa community didn’t hesitate to respond. On Friday, over 100 supporters turned out … Continue reading »

Iowa Faith Community Rallies Behind Pastor Facing Deportation

Yesterday, we were notified about Max in Iowa. Max is a Mennonite pastor who was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on March, 3 and is facing deportation. Max is a long-time community member of Iowa City, Iowa and has 4 US Citizen children. Still, ICE arrived without warning at Villatoro’s home at 6:30am and they took … Continue reading »

WATCH Google Hangout with DREAMers Erika Andiola, Cesar Vargas, Juan Escalante

In the Google Hangout below, Elianne Ramos interviews three DREAMers who were recently at the Iowa Freedom Summit: Cesar Vargas, Erika Andiola, and Juan Escalante.  Cesar and Erika have already made a name for themselves chasing down Steve King and Rand Paul in Iowa, and Cesar was recently arrested protesting Chris Christie at the Freedom Summit. … Continue reading »