Immigrants Tell Sanders Of Their Stories, Struggles In America

An immigration roundtable this afternoon gave immigrants the platform to tell their story and explain their struggles to Senator Bernie Sanders during his three-day Iowa visit. About 100 people turned out in Des Moines to see Sanders, who opened with remarks about his own family and how they came to America from Poland. “What demagogues do, instead of paying attention to the real issues, is looking at immigrants and saying, ‘it’s their fault’ when discussing issues facing the country,” Sanders said, to kick of the discussion. “That’s called demagoguery, and it has no place in American society.” Sanders had four […]

How A Census Citizenship Question Would Impact Steve King’s District

The Supreme Court of the United States is expected to decide tomorrow whether the Trump Administration can add a question to the census asking about respondents’ citizenship, a decision that will impact some communities in Iowa. If the question is added to the 2020 census, households and communities with undocumented immigrants will face a hard decision. Answer honestly or decline the opportunity to be counted as part of a city’s population. In Iowa, most new immigrants are concentrated in the western part of the state where meatpacking businesses like Tyson Foods and Seaboard Triumph Foods operate and employ both documented […]

King’s Newest Offensive Comments Ill-Timed

Republican leaders and consultants were probably letting out sighs of annoyance on Tuesday night upon seeing Iowa Representative Steve King’s newest offensive comment pop up on their Twitter feed. “#Obama perverts “prosecutorial discretion” by inviting a deportable to sit in place of honor at #SOTU w/1st Lady. I should sit with Alito,” read his tweet. King was probably referring to the undocumented immigrant, Ana Zamora, who was sitting next to Michelle Obama. It was yet another in a long line of questionable or outright offensive statements when referring to undocumented immigrants for King. Some Republicans will likely defend him or […]