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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 »

DREAM Iowa Responds to SCOTUS Decision to Grant Cert in DAPA/DACA+ Case

With the announcement today that the Supreme Court will take up the Republican-led and politically-motivated lawsuit against DAPA and the expansion of DACA, Iowa immigrant families and children will finally have their day in court. The implementation of DAPA is in sight, but the fight is far from over.  Oral arguments on the case will … Continue reading »

“We Don’t Need Muslims”: White Nationalist Group Floods Iowa Voters With Pro-Trump Robocalls

Queue up “Thank You For Being A Friend,” because Donald Trump’s pals are flooding Iowa voters with robocalls in his support as the first nominating contest in the nation approaches. The catch? These friends happen to be from a white nationalist super PAC featuring the who’s who of right-wing extremists. Portions of the message some … Continue reading »

DREAM Iowa Invites Presidential Candidates Coming to Iowa to Dinner on the Anniversary of DAPA

Back in 2012, Monica and Nilvia Reyes founded DREAM Iowa as a social media group to unite and organize Iowa DREAMers around the implementation of DACA. Since then, DREAM Iowa has grown into a political powerhouse in the state. DREAMers from across Iowa have spent the last 18 months confronting every single major presidential candidate about their … Continue reading »

In Sioux City, Hundreds Protest Ugly Rhetoric and Bullying of Donald Trump

Washington, DC—Yesterday, students in Sioux City, Iowa organized a protest of Donald Trump’s campaign appearance at West High School. Over 800 people showed up for the event. Local KTIV news coverage described the rally: From Eastern to Western Iowa, a diverse crowd hoping to quiet Trump in Sioux City with a silent protest. “We are not going to stand … Continue reading »

In Sioux City, Hundreds Protest Ugly Rhetoric and Bullying from Donald Trump

Yesterday, students in Sioux City, Iowa organized a protest of Donald Trump’s campaign appearance at West High School. Over 800 people showed up for the event: From Eastern to Western Iowa, a diverse crowd hoping to quiet Trump in Sioux City with a silent protest. “We are not going to stand for Trump being here … Continue reading »