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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

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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

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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.

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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.

Photos: Postville Immigration Rally

By Lynda Waddington | 07.27.08 | 8:03 pm

Over 1,000 people lined the streets of Postville Sunday and made a call for immigration reform — although the exact look of such reform varied by group and individual.

The vast majority of those who traveled to Postville for the reform rally and march through town believed there should be no more raids.

The vast majority of those who traveled to Postville for the reform rally and march through town believed there should be no more raids.

A handful of the immigrants who attended wore clothing that showed pride for their Mexican heritage.

A handful of the immigrants who attended wore clothing that showed pride for their Mexican heritage.

Vic Rosenthal, executive director of Jewish Community Action, addressed the marchers when they arrived back at St. Bridget's Roman Catholic Church in Postville.

Vic Rosenthal, executive director of Jewish Community Action, addressed the marchers when they arrived back at St. Bridget's Roman Catholic Church in Postville.

Those who did not share the organizer's view of immigration reform spread out along a downtown city block so their signs could be seen.

Those who did not share the organizer's view of immigration reform spread out along a downtown city block so their signs could be seen.

While counter-demonstrators on the opposite side of the road chanted "build that fence," this young hispanic man walked by with his own message.

While counter-demonstrators on the opposite side of the road chanted "build that fence," this young hispanic man walked by with his own message.

Most of those demonstrating and marching today in Postville were not town residents. In fact, many locals set up lawn chairs or blankets in their front lawn for relaxing while watching the events unfold.

Most of those demonstrating and marching today in Postville were not town residents. In fact, many locals set up lawn chairs or blankets in their front lawn for relaxing while watching the events unfold.

Counter-demonstrators minced few words during the day. While the organizing group sang in St. Bridget's Church, the counter-demonstrators chanted "go home."

Counter-demonstrators minced few words during the day. While the organizing group sang in St. Bridget's Church, the counter-demonstrators chanted "go home."

Several of the children who marched for immigration reform were separated from one or more of their parents during the May 12 federal immigration raid at Agriprocessors.

Several of the children who marched for immigration reform were separated from one or more of their parents during the May 12 federal immigration raid at Agriprocessors.

This sailor's sign left little room for confusion.

This sailor's sign left little room for confusion.

In order to keep the two groups separate, the marchers from St. Bridget's were directed to be on the sidewalk on one side of the road and the counter-demonstrators to stay on the sidewalk on the other side. Pushed into this smaller space, it took nearly 30 minutes for the marchers to pass through downtown.

In order to keep the two groups separate, the marchers from St. Bridget's were directed to be on the sidewalk on one side of the road and the counter-demonstrators to stay on the sidewalk on the other side. Pushed into this smaller space, it took nearly 30 minutes for the marchers to pass through downtown.

This group, which gathered for most of the day in downtown Postville, refused to take a side in the immigration debate. Instead, they told those walking by not to worry about their place in the world now, but to focus more on the afterlife.

This group, which gathered for most of the day in downtown Postville, refused to take a side in the immigration debate. Instead, they told those walking by not to worry about their place in the world now, but to focus more on the afterlife.

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  • NoteTaker

    There are several noteworthy things about this issue.

    First, these aliens (not “illegal immigrants,” the politically-correct term) broke the law by entering the United States in a method inconsistent with proper, well-established and lawful procedures. On that basis alone they are criminals…period.

    Second, their illegal entry is a slap in the face to those who did the right thing, both morally and legally, by following the rules, waiting, in many cases, for years.

    Third, their illegal entry tells others that they have no issue with breaking the law. After all, they simply “want a better life.” Lawlessness begets lawlessness, and all such actions, whether committed by aliens or citizens, reinforce the idea that breaking the law is acceptable when it suits our own purposes; the ends justify the means. It’s “situation ethics” on a grand scale.

    Fourth, their illegal entry speaks volumes about the type of citizen they might be should they ever actually become lawfully naturalized, which in and of itself seems doubtful.

    Fifth, there is a lot of blame to spread around in this regard. Employers, as “good community citizens,” have a duty, both morally and legally, to see past the dollar signs and do the right thing. Aliens also have the same moral and legal responsibility to follow the law. To “want a better life” should not and does not include side-stepping the legality of their entry into the United States. Further, our own government has a moral and legal mandate to enforce the law. Their willingness to “look the other way” and, in fact, work with the national governments of one or more of these aliens’ native countries in aiding their illegal entry is a sad statement of how far both the Democrats and Republicans, especially at the Federal level, have sunk.

    Sixth, I find it instructive that out of all the “Press ‘1’ for English”-type phone messages I’ve heard, not one has offered their callers the option of any language other than Spanish. Why is that? Is that because Spanish-speaking people are incapable of learning English? Are the Chinese, Koreans, Somalians, Italians, Germans, and many others for whom English is not a native tongue the only ones that can and do learn English? I think not. So, why do those who speak Spanish get special treatment?

    Seventh, for all the criticism that anti-illegal immigration advocates get that they are “racist,” it’s those chanting “La Raza!” who are the real racists. Some of them go even further by telling some to take a swim back to Europe because America, or at least parts of it, belongs to “La Raza!” And this is a view that has been articulated for years, unbeknownst to many U.S. citizens.

    Eighth, I find it especially disturbing that the Catholic Church there in Postville, along with some Jewish groups and others, supports the breaking of the law under the guise of how we all need to “love your neighbor,” as if to “love your neighbor” and to be lawful are mutually exclusive. I’m not sure what the church there would have to gain other than more money rolling into their coffers. Perhaps that’s not the case, but, following the money does tend to pull all sorts of skeletons out of the closets. For their part, the Jews who participated in supporting those entering, living and working in the United States illegally, the only answer I can find is, there again, that it has to do with money. It makes sense to me as the Agriprocessors plant in question is owned by Jews. And like any business, lower labor costs can only add to the bottom line.

    Shame on all of them, aliens included, I say.

  • NoteTaker

    There are several noteworthy things about this issue.

    First, these aliens (not “illegal immigrants,” the politically-correct term) broke the law by entering the United States in a method inconsistent with proper, well-established and lawful procedures. On that basis alone they are criminals…period.

    Second, their illegal entry is a slap in the face to those who did the right thing, both morally and legally, by following the rules, waiting, in many cases, for years.

    Third, their illegal entry tells others that they have no issue with breaking the law. After all, they simply “want a better life.” Lawlessness begets lawlessness, and all such actions, whether committed by aliens or citizens, reinforce the idea that breaking the law is acceptable when it suits our own purposes; the ends justify the means. It’s “situation ethics” on a grand scale.

    Fourth, their illegal entry speaks volumes about the type of citizen they might be should they ever actually become lawfully naturalized, which in and of itself seems doubtful.

    Fifth, there is a lot of blame to spread around in this regard. Employers, as “good community citizens,” have a duty, both morally and legally, to see past the dollar signs and do the right thing. Aliens also have the same moral and legal responsibility to follow the law. To “want a better life” should not and does not include side-stepping the legality of their entry into the United States. Further, our own government has a moral and legal mandate to enforce the law. Their willingness to “look the other way” and, in fact, work with the national governments of one or more of these aliens’ native countries in aiding their illegal entry is a sad statement of how far both the Democrats and Republicans, especially at the Federal level, have sunk.

    Sixth, I find it instructive that out of all the “Press ‘1’ for English”-type phone messages I’ve heard, not one has offered their callers the option of any language other than Spanish. Why is that? Is that because Spanish-speaking people are incapable of learning English? Are the Chinese, Koreans, Somalians, Italians, Germans, and many others for whom English is not a native tongue the only ones that can and do learn English? I think not. So, why do those who speak Spanish get special treatment?

    Seventh, for all the criticism that anti-illegal immigration advocates get that they are “racist,” it’s those chanting “La Raza!” who are the real racists. Some of them go even further by telling some to take a swim back to Europe because America, or at least parts of it, belongs to “La Raza!” And this is a view that has been articulated for years, unbeknownst to many U.S. citizens.

    Eighth, I find it especially disturbing that the Catholic Church there in Postville, along with some Jewish groups and others, supports the breaking of the law under the guise of how we all need to “love your neighbor,” as if to “love your neighbor” and to be lawful are mutually exclusive. I’m not sure what the church there would have to gain other than more money rolling into their coffers. Perhaps that’s not the case, but, following the money does tend to pull all sorts of skeletons out of the closets. For their part, the Jews who participated in supporting those entering, living and working in the United States illegally, the only answer I can find is, there again, that it has to do with money. It makes sense to me as the Agriprocessors plant in question is owned by Jews. And like any business, lower labor costs can only add to the bottom line.

    Shame on all of them, aliens included, I say.

  • http://www.essentialestrogen.com Lynda Waddington

    To clarify one point I’ve seen made in this thread: St. Bridget’s Catholic Church in Postville is not raking money into their coffers. It’s a very small congregation — roughly 100 parishioners at Saturday mass — that is spending money just as quickly as the money is taken in.

    I’m sure that there is room for debate on if the church is doing the right thing by helping those who have been left in a lurch following the raid; however, it is not fair to imply that those working the ministry are using the crisis to feather their own nests. As one of the journalists who has been reporting on the ground in Postville and who has visited the church and parish several times, there is absolutely no evidence that the church leadership is doing anything improper with the monetary donations that have been collected.

  • http://www.essentialestrogen.com Lynda Waddington

    To clarify one point I've seen made in this thread: St. Bridget's Catholic Church in Postville is not raking money into their coffers. It's a very small congregation — roughly 100 parishioners at Saturday mass — that is spending money just as quickly as the money is taken in.

    I'm sure that there is room for debate on if the church is doing the right thing by helping those who have been left in a lurch following the raid; however, it is not fair to imply that those working the ministry are using the crisis to feather their own nests. As one of the journalists who has been reporting on the ground in Postville and who has visited the church and parish several times, there is absolutely no evidence that the church leadership is doing anything improper with the monetary donations that have been collected.

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  • hankjmatt

    Why do you think illegals are here in Iowa? Because they were brought here because no Iowan's would put up with slave wages and not complain. Plus the plant was selling them what they thought were citizenship papers so workers thought they were becoming citizens through working there. They were exploited at every turn and how do you think they get back on there own?
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  • hankjmatt

    Why do you think illegals are here in Iowa? Because they were brought here because no Iowan's would put up with slave wages and not complain. Plus the plant was selling them what they thought were citizenship papers so workers thought they were becoming citizens through working there. They were exploited at every turn and how do you think they get back on there own?
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  • hankjmatt

    Why do you think illegals are here in Iowa? Because they were brought here because no Iowan's would put up with slave wages and not complain. Plus the plant was selling them what they thought were citizenship papers so workers thought they were becoming citizens through working there. They were exploited at every turn and how do you think they get back on there own?
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