immigration

Grassley, Vilsack, pork industry exec call for immigration reform

BY: - July 21, 2021

U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, on Wednesday said Congress needs to overhaul the U.S. immigration system to ease a farm-worker shortage. But he added GOP members are unlikely to support action until Democrats secure the border. Grassley spoke to Iowa reporters on a day that featured a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on overhauling a visa […]

Ernst asks for more details about Iowa State Patrol mission to the border

BY: - July 14, 2021

The state should share more details about the state trooper mission to the border, U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst said Wednesday. “It would be nice to know what they’re engaged in, what agencies they’re working with and how our taxpayer dollars are being spent,” Ernst said on a call with Iowa reporters. Brendan Conley, communications director […]

Reynolds: State trooper mission to Texas was funded by Iowa

BY: - July 12, 2021

Nearly 30 Iowa State Patrol officers are currently assisting at the U.S.-Mexico border in a trip financed by Iowa, Gov. Kim Reynolds said Monday. The state announced in June that it would send some Iowa state troopers to the border for two weeks, responding to a request for assistance from Texas and Arizona. The State […]

Biden tries to sell infrastructure deal in trip to Wisconsin

BY: - June 29, 2021

In a trip to the swingiest congressional district in the swing state of Wisconsin, President Joe Biden detailed a bipartisan deal on infrastructure, focusing on how it would help families and workers across Wisconsin and the country.  Speaking from the municipal transit utility in La Crosse, Biden discussed the ways the infrastructure deal will help […]

Partnership eyes action on airport terminal, water trails

BY: - June 29, 2021

The Greater Des Moines Partnership will push for added funding for a new Des Moines airport terminal and water trails in the area. The organization, the largest chamber group in Central Iowa, also included immigration reform, infrastructure spending and small business support among its top five federal priorities for this year. “We look forward to […]

COMMENTARY

Gov. Reynolds should heed her own words about the need for transparency

BY: - June 16, 2021

Gov. Kim Reynolds talked last week about the importance of government leaders keeping other government officials looped in as decisions are made and events unfold. The governor was more correct than she probably intended. I will get to that shortly. But first, here is some important background on the governor’s statement — because she and […]

COMMENTARY

The U.S. should not treat its friends this way  

BY: - June 8, 2021

Too often these days, Americans and our government seem to be incapable of agreeing on what the best course of action is, regardless of the issue. This is especially true when we are talking about immigration and immigrants. Case in point: Zalmay Niazy of Iowa Falls. Before you jump to the conclusion that Niazy sneaked […]

Reynolds says Iowa can’t help border children Biden has ‘put in harm’s way’

BY: - May 19, 2021

Gov. Kim Reynolds reiterated her claim Wednesday that President Joe Biden is responsible for a humanitarian crisis on the nation’s southern border, while stating again that Iowa is in no position to accept any of the children “put in harm’s way.” An estimated 19,000 migrant children unaccompanied by their legal guardians  entered the United States […]

COMMENTARY

Bob Ray would never have said refugee children are ‘not our problem’

BY: - April 13, 2021

It’s hard for those of us of a certain vintage to realize it has been 39 years since Robert Ray was Iowa’s governor. In spite of the passage of so much time, his name was on the minds of many people last week. What triggered the Bob Ray memories was Gov. Kim Reynolds’ interview with […]

Up to 100 new immigration judges would be added under Biden budget request

BY: - April 12, 2021

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration’s budget proposal would increase the number of immigration judges and allocate millions in funding to clear backlogs of hearings and asylum requests. The administration is grappling with an influx of asylum seekers at the Southern border after inheriting a gutted immigration system from the Trump administration. Boosted funding for immigration […]

Biden slams ‘un-American’ GOP drive to curb voting rights in the states

BY: - March 25, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Thursday in his first formal news conference since taking office blasted Republican-controlled state legislatures that are seeking to restrict voting access, labeling those attempts “sick” and “un-American.” Biden specifically referenced proposals like those working their way through Georgia’s state Capitol, where a final vote loomed on a GOP-drafted bill that would […]

Grassley to visit U.S.-Mexico border as Biden faces heat for policies

BY: - March 24, 2021

U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley plans to visit federal border camps Thursday and Friday to check conditions that continue to be a source of  controversy for the Biden administration.  Grassley, R-Iowa, said he will visit the U.S.-Mexico border late Thursday and Friday to see conditions at government camps that are housing many children, some of whom […]