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Iowans Commemorate 5-Yr Anniversary of Postville Raid, Deliver Letter to Grassley Asking for "Compassion"

This morning we wrote about how this Sunday–Mothers’ Day–is the fifth anniversary of Postville, Iowa, a brutal immigration raid that led to hundreds of deportations, untold numbers of separated families, and one devastated community. Today, advocates and allies in Iowa are commemorating the Iowa raid, sending letters to their Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), rallying in … Continue reading »

Mothers' Day Marks Five-Year Anniversary of Brutal ICE Raid in Postville, Iowa

This Sunday–Mothers’ Day–will mark the five-year anniversary of the Postville, Iowa immigration raid, still one of the largest in history. Our colleague, Matt Hildreth, who lives in Iowa, is at events marking the anniversary and will have a report later. Here’s an excerpt from last year’s New York Times article, which tells the story: Around 10 on a … Continue reading »

5,000 Iowa DREAMers to Be Eligible to Apply for Driver's Licenses After Dept of Transportation Reversal

Almost 5,000 young aspiring Americans in Iowa will soon be eligible to apply and test for a state driver’s license, as a result of petitions and grassroots activism that forced the state Department of Transportation (DOT) to reverse an earlier position. The DOT last month claimed that Iowa law prohibited it from allowing DREAMers recognized … Continue reading »

Yesterday in Iowa: Rep. Steve King Debates Christie Vilsack, Manages Not to Call Anyone a Dog

Earlier this week we wrote about how anti-immigrant extremist Congressman Steve King (R-IA) has suddenly decided to pull back on a plan to sue President Obama over his deferred action policy.  We think it’s because his Congressional race against former Iowa first lady Christie Vilsack has gotten close–much, much closer than he’d like, so close … Continue reading »

Steve King Facing Close Race in Iowa; House Republicans Give Him "Come to Jesus" Talk

It looks like Rep. Steve King (R-IA) is in the fight of his political life. After five terms and a decade of being handily reelected to Congress, Steve King has been redistricted into Iowa’s new fourth Congressional district, where he is being challenged by the state’s former first lady, Christie Vilsack.  They’ve essentially been running … Continue reading »

Add Iowa To List of Battleground State Where Latino Voters Will Play Pivotal Role

 As we’ve reported, while Mitt Romney was campaigning in Iowa last week, he sidled up to one of the most egregiously anti-immigrant members of Congress, Steve King. In fact, Romney offered a full endorsement of King’s reelection to Congress stating that ” I want him as my partner in Washington.” The night before Romney’s endorsement, King … Continue reading »

Rep. Steve King: Comparing Immigrants to Dogs Was Really a "Compliment"

UPDATE: Mitt Romney appeared with Steve King today and only had praise for the Representative who compares immigrants to dogs.  Romney said in Orange City, Iowa today: “I’m looking here at Steve King, he needs to be your Congressman again.  I want him as my partner in Washington.” UPDATE: Rep. King triples down. What is it with … Continue reading »

Steve King Thinks Multicultural Groups Are "People that Feel Sorry for Themselves"

Sometimes I really wonder if Rep. Steve King (R-IA) is for real. Think Progress today quoted King’s comments from a recent Iowa town hall: King said: I went to the Iowa State website and […] I typed in “multicultural” and it came back to me, at the time, 59 different multicultural groups listed to operate … Continue reading »