Iowa DREAMer Challenges GOP on Immigration As the New York Times reported last week, the Republican Party has increasingly lurched to the right on immigration, following the lead of anti-immigrant Rep. Steve King (R-IA) and the most hardline faction of Congress. Monica Reyes, a DACA recipient and co-founder of Dream Iowa, lives in Steve King’s district.  Over… Continue »

Will the Administration Apply the Balancing Test, or Separate Max from His Life and Family?   The following is the latest update about Pastor Max Villatoro, who was detained last week by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).  Yesterday, ICE denied Pastor Max’s request for a stay of removal, despite the unprecedented public outcry and support for his case.  Max’s attorneys… Continue »

Here’s what we know so far about Max Villatoro, a beloved pastor facing imminent deportation from his Iowa home of more than two decades: Late last Friday we learned that during the dead of night, Pastor Max was transferred to a detention facility in Louisiana. Louisiana is commonly the last U.S. stop before detained immigrants… Continue »

In an emotional video filmed last night, Pastor Max Villatoro’s wife and their four U.S. citizen children directly pleaded to President Barack Obama to halt Max’s deportation and let him return to his family and community in Iowa: “I need my husband back. My kids need their dad. I’m so scared, I don’t know what… Continue »

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials in Iowa have set their sights on their latest low priority target for deportation: Max Villatoro, a local Mennonite Pastor and father of four U.S. citizen children. ICE arrived without warning at Villatoro’s home a 6:30am on March 3rd. Whisking him away in handcuffs, he barely had a chance… Continue »

Yesterday, we were notified about Max in Iowa. Max is a Mennonite pastor who was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on March, 3 and is facing deportation. Max is a long-time community member of Iowa City, Iowa and has 4 US Citizen children. Still, ICE arrived without warning at Villatoro’s home at 6:30am and they took… Continue »

About a dozen potential GOP presidential candidates are gathering this weekend at Steve King’s Iowa Freedom Summit, where they’ll hang out with Iowa voters, potentially build a base for their 2016 run, and just maybe make some mistakes that could cost the Republican Party enough Latino votes to lose the next election.  We’ll be live-blogging throughout… Continue »