#UniteIowa to Bring to Together Presidential Contenders, Local Leaders and Impacted Individuals from all Sides of the Political Spectrum for Thoughtful Discussion on Immigration As we noted last week, Donald Trump’s xenophobic positions on immigration have passed the point of hateful rhetoric and moved into inciting hateful actions. Following a hate crime against a Hispanic man committed… Continue »

Some may not immediately connect Iowa and immigration, but 37,000 undocumented immigrants call the state their home, and contribute tens of millions of dollars every year in local and state taxes. According to 2013 Des Moines Register polling, 77% of Iowans support immigration reform, including a path to citizenship for the nation’s 11 million undocumented… Continue »

As Presidential candidates flock to Iowa to campaign for the first-in-the-nation caucuses, community leaders from the state have invited contenders to a special forum later this month that will focus squarely on the issue of immigration reform. The forum will feature voices from the state’s immigrant, business, political, educational, and faith communities, including local politician… Continue »

“Attention, presidential candidates: If they haven’t already…Iowa DREAMers are coming for you.” In a must-read piece, the Des Moines Register profiles the young activists driving the immigration debate in Iowa as both Democratic and Republican Presidential candidates visit to draw support for next year’s first-in-the-nation caucuses. In particular, the profile highlights the work of members… Continue »

For Immediate Release: Contact: Kyle Munson; 515-284-8124 August 11, 2015 **#UniteIowa on Immigration Forum** WHAT: Iowa Leaders Invite Presidential Contenders to #UniteIowa Forum on Immigration WHEN: Saturday, August 29; doors open at 1:30pm CT; event starts at 2:30pm CT WHERE: Harold Walter Siebens Forum at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa. The event is free and open to… Continue »

Immigration advocates from key states joined America’s Voice for a special broadcast on immigration before last night’s Republican Presidential debate, which was the first of the 2016 election season. Moderated by AV’s Juan Escalante, the broadcast focused on what viewers could expect from candidates during the debate, and featured activists Karla Perez of the Youth… Continue »

Iowa’s Voice confronted Presidential hopeful Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) at a meet and greet at the Sioux Center Public Library today, asking whether he agrees with Donald Trump’s recent derogatory comments about Mexicans (see video of the interaction here).  Instead of responding to their questions, Paul bolted in the opposite direction—very much reminiscent of how he ran… Continue »

Almost a year ago in Iowa, Rand Paul made national headlines when he ran mid-bite from two DREAMers who were confronting prominent anti-immigration nativist, Rep. Steve King. Now an official Republican candidate for President, Rand Paul is again in Steve King’s district campaigning — and, yet again, running away. Advocates with Iowa’s Voice tried to ask… Continue »

Yesterday, immigration leaders held a press conference in front of the Polk County Courthouse in Des Moines, Iowa, to send a message to 2016 GOP Presidential candidates that DREAMers will not be intimidated by recent actions from Steve King. DREAMers Cesar Vargas and Marco Malagon are currently facing trespassing charges after both were arrested at… Continue »

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 »