Earlier this week, Jeff Sessions announced the Trump administration’s plan to start cutting federal funding off from cities with immigrant-friendly policies. It’s a stupid move that stands counter to improving public safety, and some three dozen cities have already announced lawsuits over the threat. But it’s not just big, progressive cities that are opposing Trump on this… Continue »

Donald Trump’s campaign may be faltering, but Trumpism is alive and well. Police are investigating the at least two dozen white supremacist fliers that were posted on two Iowa campuses this past week. At Iowa State University, some 20 posters reading “In 1950, America was 90 percent white. It is now only 60 percent white.… Continue »

Ahead of the upcoming United States v. Texas Supreme Court decision on President Obama’s executive actions on immigration, Kenia Calderon, a DACA-mented student at Drake University, reflects on the impact the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program has had on her life in a new piece for the Des Moines Register.   Calderon notes that, regardless of the Supreme… Continue »

I’m an undocumented immigrant. My family and I grew up in New Hampton, Iowa. I’m an Iowan. I speak Spanish thanks to my mom, and I can cook like a Mexican. But I’m also an Iowan, and my family respects tradition and family values. This is why my mom used to own a store in… Continue »

Pastor Max Villatoro and his family

It’s been one year since Pastor Max Villatoro was deported to Honduras and torn from his wife, four US citizen children, and Iowa home. Some deportation cases get local and state attention, but rarely do they receive the sort of national attention Pastor Max’s case managed to get. Support for Pastor Max swelled following his… Continue »

Immigrant youth and their allies in Houston, Texas said no to hateful rhetoric as Republican candidates took to the stage for the last night’s Republican debate at the University of Houston. Educational campuses should be places free of harassment. But it looks like that hasn’t been the case for teenagers at Perry High in Iowa, where basketball players — many of whom… Continue »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »