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Former Grassley Chief of Staff: Immigration Reform, Citizenship Needed

In a conversation this week with Des Moines Register editors and reporters, Republican Congressional candidate David Young demonstrated that he at least understands compassionate conservatism, by speaking about how we need immigration reform with a path to citizenship. Young is running for Congress in Iowa’s 3rd Congressional district, one district over from the CD that the … Continue reading »

Karl Rove, Who Said Don't Refer to Immigration as "Amnesty," Runs Ad In Iowa Doing Just That

Yesterday, Daniel Strauss at Talking Points Memo exposed a new ad from Karl Rove’s American Crossroads PAC attacking Iowa’s Bruce Braley for supporting immigration reform.  The problem?  Karl Rove himself is a noted supporter of reform — he wrote this Wall Street Journal piece defending the Senate immigration bill last year.  Yet he’s targeting Braley for supporting “immigration amnesty — … Continue reading »

Why is Karl Rove's PAC Citing Heritage Study by Jason Richwine?

Why is a Karl Rove ad citing a Heritage study from the guy who once claimed that Latinos have low IQs? Karl Rove is a noted supporter of immigration reform.  Yet more than once this election season, groups funded by him have attacked Democratic candidates by going after them in decidedly anti-immigrant ways.  In Kentucky, … Continue reading »

Hey Joni Ernst: According to Sen. Grassley, Senate Bill Isn't "Amnesty"

In Iowa, Rep. Bruce Braley (D-IA) and State Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) squared off in their first debate for a key Senate seat yesterday, with Braley calling Ernst out for Congressional Republicans’ refusal to pass an immigration reform bill in the House. Ernst’s response?  “I don’t support amnesty,” she said according to the Washington Times, and added that … Continue reading »

VIDEO: Steve King Shuts Down Question from Constituent — an Iowa DREAMer

Steve King held another town hall event in New Hampton, Iowa today, where he took a question from a DREAMer constituent — and then promptly shut her down. Monica Reyes, a resident of New Hampton, Iowa — part of King’s district — organized and turned out 20 people to King’s town hall today.  When King called … Continue reading »

Iowa Congressional Candidate: Keep Immigrant Children Out of Schools

Watch out, Steve King.  Another anti-immigrant hardliner in Iowa is rising, and adopting anti-immigrant positions King would be proud to call his own. Think Progress today covers a recent interview between Mickelson in the Morning, a local conservative radio program, and Brad Zaun, a current state senator running for Congress in Iowa’s District 3.  When … Continue reading »

Iowa Advocates Demonstrate Outside Paul Ryan Fundraiser

On Friday, Paul Ryan came to Cedar, Iowa to headline the state Republican Party’s annual Lincoln Dinner — an event that prominently billed Steve King as an invitee even though he supposedly declined his invitation weeks ago.  Ryan, who is known for speaking very sympathetically about immigration reform, was fortunate to have dodged the specter of appearing … Continue reading »

Why Is Paul Ryan Fundraising With Steve King?

Rep. Paul Ryan Was Set to Headline Fundraiser with Rep. Steve King, But Iowa GOP Goes to Great Lengths to Say King Declined Invite Weeks Ago Questions Remain: Why Was King’s Name Listed on the Invite Just Days Ago?  And Why Was Paul Ryan Willing to Appear Alongside Steve King? This Friday, in Cedar Rapids, … Continue reading »

Eliseo Medina Visits Steve King’s District; King Nowhere to be Found

Eliseo Medina, the former secretary-treasurer of SEIU who fasted 22 days for immigration reform last fall, visited Steve King’s district in Iowa yesterday to hold a #Fast4Families prayer service.  Rep. King declined to be in attendance, even though he previously issued a challenge for people of faith to debate their support for immigration reform. Last … Continue reading »

BREAKING: Senator Grassley Confirms Senate Immigration Bill Not Amnesty

During a meeting today with constituents in Rock Rapids, Iowa, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA)—one of the chief opponents of the Senate immigration bill—conceded that the legislation is not amnesty. In response to a constituent’s question—“Do you consider the Senate immigration bill amnesty?”—Grassley replied, “I don’t use that word.  [The Senate bill] is a little bit different … Continue reading »