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Open letter to readers: Today and tomorrow

By Lynda Waddington | 11.17.11

Wednesday was a difficult day for The American Independent News Network, which is the larger entity that operates The Iowa Independent. Our chief executive and founder announced two of our sister sites would close and their content would be moved to The American Independent.

ACS lockout continues; plan emerges to repeal sugar protections

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By Virginia Chamlee | 11.15.11

A recently introduced bill could have far-reaching impact on the U.S. sugar industry, including American Crystal Sugar, a farmer-owned cooperative that locked out 1,300 Midwest workers on Aug. 1.

Cain campaign: Farmers know more about regulations than EPA

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By Andrew Duffelmeyer | 11.15.11

The chairman for Herman Cain’s Iowa effort says the campaign “relied more on the word of farmers than Washington regulators” in deciding to run an ad containing claims the Environmental Protection Agency says are false.

Mathis wins, Democrats maintain Senate control

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By Lynda Waddington | 11.08.11

The Iowa Senate will remain under the control of a slim 26-25 Democratic majority when it reconvenes in January 2012.

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PR: Nation should work to address veterans’ challenges

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

BRUCE BRALEY RELEASE — As US involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan ends, it’s more important than ever that our nation works to address the challenges faced by the men and women who fought there.

PR: Honoring veterans, help in hiring

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

CHUCK GRASSLEY RELEASE — A difficult job market is challenging the soldiers, sailors and airmen who have protected America’s interests by serving in the Armed Forces.

PR: In honor of America’s veterans

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

TOM LATHAM RELEASE — No one has done more to secure the freedom enjoyed by every single American than our veterans and those currently serving in the armed services.

PR: Honoring and supporting our nation’s veterans

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

DAVE LOEBSACK RELEASE — Veterans Day is an opportunity to reflect on the service of generations of veterans and to honor the sacrifices they and their families have made so that we may live in peace and freedom here at home.

Grassley presses Obama administration on E-Verify

By Lynda Waddington | 06.22.09 | 4:06 pm

Because the Obama administration has slowed the implementation of a 2007 executive order signed by Pres. George W. Bush that would have mandated federal contractors and subcontractors use an otherwise voluntary work authorization database, U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley hopes Congress will make the process law.

Grassley, a longtime supporter of the program now known as E-Verify, has introduced an amendment that would require any entity that enters into a contract with the federal government to participate in the E-Verify program.

evlogo“When people enter this country illegally, they create undue delays and hardship for people following the rules,” Grassley said. “E-Verify is an effective tool to fight illegal immigrants who break the law.”

Obama administration officials said implementation was postponed to Sept. 8 to allow further review of the order’s necessity. In opposition to the order, he U.S. Chamber of Commerce filed a lawsuit, which remains pending in the U.S. District Court in Maryland.

Although some groups have touted the effectiveness of the database, which draws information from the Social Security Administration, not everyone is convinced. One of the primary criticisms surrounding the program is that the database cannot ascertain if documents presented by workers are legitimate. In fact, Swift & Co. was using the program prior to the massive 2006 raids at their meatpacking plants, including their Marshalltown facility. The same was true of Mississippi’s Howard Industries before it became in 2008 the largest single-site immigration enforcement action in the nation’s history.

It was due in large part to immigration raids at the very plants utilizing the E-Verify system that Eric Bord, a partner in the Washington, D.C.-based Morgan Lewis law firm, said the program has the “perverse effect of encouraging identity theft.”

A press release announcing Grassley’s amendment indicates that “over the last several years, reports have shown many examples of illegal aliens working at military bases or installations and allowing them to work in sensitive areas.”

“During the last immigration debate,” Grassley said, “the Senate spoke unanimously that government contractors should not receive a free pass when it comes to their hiring practices. We’ve seen too many illegal immigrants hired by federal contractors to turn a blind eye to this national security risk.”

The entire E-Verify program is up for extension as a part of U.S. Homeland Security appropriations. The Senate committee has approved a three-year extension, as requested by Pres. Barack Obama, and provided $118.5 million. The House committee, however, seeks to extend the program for only two years and provides $112 million. For at least the time being, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has said publicly that she supports the program and wants it to continue. Either the House or Senate appropriations would provide the funds necessary to continue to the program until anticipated comprehensive immigration reform legislation is debated.

And, because comprehensive immigration reform discussion is anticipated to be taken up by Congress after health reform is complete, it isn’t likely that Grassley’s amendment will do much more than generate talking points for an already frustrated Republican base — much like the other three GOP attempts to attach the mandate.

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  • Brittanicus

    Americans better wake up, because we are definitely going to get financially overwhelmed with another BLANKET AMNESTY. E-Verify a unique weapon against illegal immigration in the workplace, but must be implemented permanently. It should be enforced for every worker, no matter how long they have worked for any business? There are hundreds of thousands of foreign nationals, working on all rungs of the business ladder, without their immigration status being scrutinized? Don't let the special interest lobby of globalists and open border insane ideology steal American jobs. They want as much cheap labor as they can cram into our nation, to lower wages in their agenda. E-verify can and will identify foreign labor and errors can be resolved by approaching your Social Security Agency. Its certainly obvious Illegal aliens will stay well away from this government office.

    DEMAND E-VERIFY FROM YOUR INDIFFERENT SENATORS. JUST AS WE VOTED THEM IN–THEY CAN BE THROWN OUT. STOP ANOTHER 20 million plus illegal family Blanket AMNESTY before it's too late? REMEMBER MILLIONS MORE WILL RUSH OUR BORDER, ONCE THE WORD GOES OUT OF AMNESTY.

    A resounding–NO–to any AMNESTY. Outside of this–NOTHING WILL HAPPEN–EXCEPT ANOTHER PRE-ARRANGED AMNESTY, THAT TAXPAYERS WILL GET THE BILL FOR IN PERPETUITY, IF WE DON'T SPEAK UP? READ ABOUT THE IRREVERSIBLE OVERPOPULATION NIGHTMARE. Digest more of the facts and unbiased truth at NUMBERSUSA, JUDICIALWATCH,CAPSWEB, ALIPAC, AMERICANPATROL. Find out undisclosed news and the numbers of illegal aliens in the penal system at THEDARKSIDEOFILLEGALIMMIGRATION & ILLEGALIMMIGRATIONDAILY. This is information you need to understand remains hidden by the liberal national press and the Congress.

  • BlackSaint

    The Democrats infrastructure and construction bailout jobs program is more of the same old scam!

    The tax payers that have obeyed the laws, paid the taxes and fought the wars and built this Nation are getting screwed by Corrupt/Stupid/Pandering Politicians and Greedy crooks at every level!

    This is the same old scam, reward the Rich Bankers with billions in tax payers money and the invading horde of illegals Aliens with Jobs, Free medical, Free education, Welfare, Prison cells and make American Citizens pay for every Crook, Criminal, Peon, Welfare Leech and Marxist or Racist organization like ACORN or La Raza in the world!

    The infrastructure and construction jobs without E-verify will put the millions of Illegal Aliens back to work, so they can send money home to support Mexico & South American at the expense of American workers and our economy! The contractors can charge the tax payers union scale, hire Illegals at slave wages, pocket the profits and American citizens pay both the wages and the billions in cost to educate the illegals many children, provide medical, welfare and prison cells.

    You would think the Politicians would be content with just outsourcing all the jobs that can be done offshore but No they want to bring in Slave labor & Welfare votes ( while ignoring Article IV Section IV of our Constitution against invasion, the rule of Law, and their Oath of office) to take the jobs that cannot be outsourced!

    To add insult to injury they make the American citizens still working pay billions in extra taxes for schooling, provide medical, welfare and jail cells for the invading horde that are taking our jobs and driving down our standard of living! While keeping busy Robbing, Raping and Killing American citizens at an rate that Bin Laden can only dream about!

    The Democrats love the millions of Welfare votes to further their Socialist agenda & the Republicans love the slave labor for their Pay Masters in the Chamber of Commerce and business.

    If we are realistic and look at the havoc caused by the millions of invading Hispanics on our communities, culture, crime, economy, welfare, taxes, environment, schooling and standard of living the only conclusion possible is that no Nation can withstand or assimilate an tidal wave of Uneducated Third world citizens that come here illegally from another culture, for the jobs and welfare, while keeping loyally to their home countries!

    This Nation is changing to the very same type of culture and society the invading millions have created, built and sustained for 100,s of years and are now fleeing in their own Countries!

    One has to only look at Calif. which is basically an Bankrupt state that cannot afford to provide Welfare, Schooling, Medical, Prison cells etc. for millions of MS-13 Gang bangers, Drug dealers, Rapist and other assorted Criminals and uneducated third world rejects from Mexico!

    In a very few years it will be impossible to see where Mexico ends and California begins without reading the signs as both will be an third world cesspool!

    Failure to secure our borders and reward the Invading horde for their invasion and their relatives in an never ending chain with American Citizenship is nothing less then committing National Suicide & will assure our future is an over populated Spanish speaking third world Nation that is an Cesspool of Corruption, Crime, Poverty and Misery just like Mexico!

  • StokeyBob

    I think they should uphold the rule of law and govern by the rules set forth by the United States Constitution, as they swore they would with their oaths of office.

    Back in the sixties the government came into the schools and brainwashed us with the idea we needed to control the population because it was rising so fast. They said the roads would become crowded and we would run out of things like water.

    They unleashed abortions, birth control pills, and other forms of Family Planning.

    To allow the country to be over run with the criminals in businesses illegal labor while the criminals in the government aid and abet the invasion is a travesty against mankind.

    They have seen to it our children were killed to control the population at the same time allowing the world to export their population problems here.

    What about our sacrifices, many made against our will?

    P.S. We still haven't recovered from the last time the criminals in business were allowed to bring in their slaves.

  • StokeyBob

    Did you ever wonder where the money for things like the subversion of the world’s immigration laws may come from?

    It seems to me as long as we allow people to print up fiat money there will be no place in the world where freedom can flourish.

    If the Globalist oppose your efforts, paid for with real hard earned money, all they have to do is fire up the presses and shovel the money to any group that will oppose you.

    Not only that but it seems they do it in such a way that the money to achieve THEIR goals is borrowed from them. Then we pay interest to a group outside of our country, like the Federal Reserve, on the creation and borrowing of OUR OWN fiat money.

    IN ESSENCE THEY BEAT US WITH OUR OWN STICK!

  • BlackSaint

    The Democrats infrastructure and construction bailout jobs program is more of the same old scam!

    The tax payers that have obeyed the laws, paid the taxes and fought the wars and built this Nation are getting screwed by Corrupt/Stupid/Pandering Politicians and Greedy crooks at every level!

    This is the same old scam, reward the Rich Bankers with billions in tax payers money and the invading horde of illegals Aliens with Jobs, Free medical, Free education, Welfare, Prison cells and make American Citizens pay for every Crook, Criminal, Peon, Welfare Leech and Marxist or Racist organization like ACORN or La Raza in the world!

    The infrastructure and construction jobs without E-verify will put the millions of Illegal Aliens back to work, so they can send money home to support Mexico & South American at the expense of American workers and our economy! The contractors can charge the tax payers union scale, hire Illegals at slave wages, pocket the profits and American citizens pay both the wages and the billions in cost to educate the illegals many children, provide medical, welfare and prison cells.

    You would think the Politicians would be content with just outsourcing all the jobs that can be done offshore but No they want to bring in Slave labor & Welfare votes ( while ignoring Article IV Section IV of our Constitution against invasion, the rule of Law, and their Oath of office) to take the jobs that cannot be outsourced!

    To add insult to injury they make the American citizens still working pay billions in extra taxes for schooling, provide medical, welfare and jail cells for the invading horde that are taking our jobs and driving down our standard of living! While keeping busy Robbing, Raping and Killing American citizens at an rate that Bin Laden can only dream about!

    The Democrats love the millions of Welfare votes to further their Socialist agenda & the Republicans love the slave labor for their Pay Masters in the Chamber of Commerce and business.

    If we are realistic and look at the havoc caused by the millions of invading Hispanics on our communities, culture, crime, economy, welfare, taxes, environment, schooling and standard of living the only conclusion possible is that no Nation can withstand or assimilate an tidal wave of Uneducated Third world citizens that come here illegally from another culture, for the jobs and welfare, while keeping loyally to their home countries!

    This Nation is changing to the very same type of culture and society the invading millions have created, built and sustained for 100,s of years and are now fleeing in their own Countries!

    One has to only look at Calif. which is basically an Bankrupt state that cannot afford to provide Welfare, Schooling, Medical, Prison cells etc. for millions of MS-13 Gang bangers, Drug dealers, Rapist and other assorted Criminals and uneducated third world rejects from Mexico!

    In a very few years it will be impossible to see where Mexico ends and California begins without reading the signs as both will be an third world cesspool!

    Failure to secure our borders and reward the Invading horde for their invasion and their relatives in an never ending chain with American Citizenship is nothing less then committing National Suicide & will assure our future is an over populated Spanish speaking third world Nation that is an Cesspool of Corruption, Crime, Poverty and Misery just like Mexico!

  • StokeyBob

    I think they should uphold the rule of law and govern by the rules set forth by the United States Constitution, as they swore they would with their oaths of office.

    Back in the sixties the government came into the schools and brainwashed us with the idea we needed to control the population because it was rising so fast. They said the roads would become crowded and we would run out of things like water.

    They unleashed abortions, birth control pills, and other forms of Family Planning.

    To allow the country to be over run with the criminals in businesses illegal labor while the criminals in the government aid and abet the invasion is a travesty against mankind.

    They have seen to it our children were killed to control the population at the same time allowing the world to export their population problems here.

    What about our sacrifices, many made against our will?

    P.S. We still haven't recovered from the last time the criminals in business were allowed to bring in their slaves.

  • StokeyBob

    Did you ever wonder where the money for things like the subversion of the world’s immigration laws may come from?

    It seems to me as long as we allow people to print up fiat money there will be no place in the world where freedom can flourish.

    If the Globalist oppose your efforts, paid for with real hard earned money, all they have to do is fire up the presses and shovel the money to any group that will oppose you.

    Not only that but it seems they do it in such a way that the money to achieve THEIR goals is borrowed from them. Then we pay interest to a group outside of our country, like the Federal Reserve, on the creation and borrowing of OUR OWN fiat money.

    IN ESSENCE THEY BEAT US WITH OUR OWN STICK!

  • Brittanicus

    Americans better wake up, because we are definitely going to get financially overwhelmed with another BLANKET AMNESTY. E-Verify a unique weapon against illegal immigration in the workplace, but must be implemented permanently. It should be enforced for every worker, no matter how long they have worked for any business? There are hundreds of thousands of foreign nationals, working on all rungs of the business ladder, without their immigration status being scrutinized? Don't let the special interest lobby of globalists and open border insane ideology steal American jobs. They want as much cheap labor as they can cram into our nation, to lower wages in their agenda. E-verify can and will identify foreign labor and errors can be resolved by approaching your Social Security Agency. Its certainly obvious Illegal aliens will stay well away from this government office.

    DEMAND E-VERIFY FROM YOUR INDIFFERENT SENATORS. JUST AS WE VOTED THEM IN–THEY CAN BE THROWN OUT. STOP ANOTHER 20 million plus illegal family Blanket AMNESTY before it's too late? REMEMBER MILLIONS MORE WILL RUSH OUR BORDER, ONCE THE WORD GOES OUT OF AMNESTY.

    A resounding–NO–to any AMNESTY. Outside of this–NOTHING WILL HAPPEN–EXCEPT ANOTHER PRE-ARRANGED AMNESTY, THAT TAXPAYERS WILL GET THE BILL FOR IN PERPETUITY, IF WE DON'T SPEAK UP? READ ABOUT THE IRREVERSIBLE OVERPOPULATION NIGHTMARE. Digest more of the facts and unbiased truth at NUMBERSUSA, JUDICIALWATCH,CAPSWEB, ALIPAC, AMERICANPATROL. Find out undisclosed news and the numbers of illegal aliens in the penal system at THEDARKSIDEOFILLEGALIMMIGRATION & ILLEGALIMMIGRATIONDAILY. This is information you need to understand remains hidden by the liberal national press and the Congress.

  • BlackSaint

    The Democrats infrastructure and construction bailout jobs program is more of the same old scam!

    The tax payers that have obeyed the laws, paid the taxes and fought the wars and built this Nation are getting screwed by Corrupt/Stupid/Pandering Politicians and Greedy crooks at every level!

    This is the same old scam, reward the Rich Bankers with billions in tax payers money and the invading horde of illegals Aliens with Jobs, Free medical, Free education, Welfare, Prison cells and make American Citizens pay for every Crook, Criminal, Peon, Welfare Leech and Marxist or Racist organization like ACORN or La Raza in the world!

    The infrastructure and construction jobs without E-verify will put the millions of Illegal Aliens back to work, so they can send money home to support Mexico & South American at the expense of American workers and our economy! The contractors can charge the tax payers union scale, hire Illegals at slave wages, pocket the profits and American citizens pay both the wages and the billions in cost to educate the illegals many children, provide medical, welfare and prison cells.

    You would think the Politicians would be content with just outsourcing all the jobs that can be done offshore but No they want to bring in Slave labor & Welfare votes ( while ignoring Article IV Section IV of our Constitution against invasion, the rule of Law, and their Oath of office) to take the jobs that cannot be outsourced!

    To add insult to injury they make the American citizens still working pay billions in extra taxes for schooling, provide medical, welfare and jail cells for the invading horde that are taking our jobs and driving down our standard of living! While keeping busy Robbing, Raping and Killing American citizens at an rate that Bin Laden can only dream about!

    The Democrats love the millions of Welfare votes to further their Socialist agenda & the Republicans love the slave labor for their Pay Masters in the Chamber of Commerce and business.

    If we are realistic and look at the havoc caused by the millions of invading Hispanics on our communities, culture, crime, economy, welfare, taxes, environment, schooling and standard of living the only conclusion possible is that no Nation can withstand or assimilate an tidal wave of Uneducated Third world citizens that come here illegally from another culture, for the jobs and welfare, while keeping loyally to their home countries!

    This Nation is changing to the very same type of culture and society the invading millions have created, built and sustained for 100,s of years and are now fleeing in their own Countries!

    One has to only look at Calif. which is basically an Bankrupt state that cannot afford to provide Welfare, Schooling, Medical, Prison cells etc. for millions of MS-13 Gang bangers, Drug dealers, Rapist and other assorted Criminals and uneducated third world rejects from Mexico!

    In a very few years it will be impossible to see where Mexico ends and California begins without reading the signs as both will be an third world cesspool!

    Failure to secure our borders and reward the Invading horde for their invasion and their relatives in an never ending chain with American Citizenship is nothing less then committing National Suicide & will assure our future is an over populated Spanish speaking third world Nation that is an Cesspool of Corruption, Crime, Poverty and Misery just like Mexico!

  • StokeyBob

    I think they should uphold the rule of law and govern by the rules set forth by the United States Constitution, as they swore they would with their oaths of office.

    Back in the sixties the government came into the schools and brainwashed us with the idea we needed to control the population because it was rising so fast. They said the roads would become crowded and we would run out of things like water.

    They unleashed abortions, birth control pills, and other forms of Family Planning.

    To allow the country to be over run with the criminals in businesses illegal labor while the criminals in the government aid and abet the invasion is a travesty against mankind.

    They have seen to it our children were killed to control the population at the same time allowing the world to export their population problems here.

    What about our sacrifices, many made against our will?

    P.S. We still haven't recovered from the last time the criminals in business were allowed to bring in their slaves.

  • StokeyBob

    Did you ever wonder where the money for things like the subversion of the world’s immigration laws may come from?

    It seems to me as long as we allow people to print up fiat money there will be no place in the world where freedom can flourish.

    If the Globalist oppose your efforts, paid for with real hard earned money, all they have to do is fire up the presses and shovel the money to any group that will oppose you.

    Not only that but it seems they do it in such a way that the money to achieve THEIR goals is borrowed from them. Then we pay interest to a group outside of our country, like the Federal Reserve, on the creation and borrowing of OUR OWN fiat money.

    IN ESSENCE THEY BEAT US WITH OUR OWN STICK!

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