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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.

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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  • http://www.numbersusa.com mlimberg

    I’m a native of Iowa. Iowans can take care of themselves. Illegals need to go home and apply for a visa and follow the laws of America. We don’t need the bleeding heat liberals from out of state sticking their noses in the business of Iowa.

    Walking around with kids and “Nexica” headbands is a great way to ensure no one wants you around.

    Obey the Laws of America. Iowans do, and we can fill the jobs of illegals, just ask an Iowan to step up, and they will….

  • http://www.numbersusa.com mlimberg

    I'm a native of Iowa. Iowans can take care of themselves. Illegals need to go home and apply for a visa and follow the laws of America. We don't need the bleeding heat liberals from out of state sticking their noses in the business of Iowa.

    Walking around with kids and “Nexica” headbands is a great way to ensure no one wants you around.

    Obey the Laws of America. Iowans do, and we can fill the jobs of illegals, just ask an Iowan to step up, and they will….

  • Chantal

    Any law-abiding, taxpaying citizen only has to view these pictures to realize: a group of illegal aliens who dress their children with clothing supporting a foreign country (Mexico); Jews, under the guise of compassion, protesting raids by those sworn to uphold our laws, for people illegally in this country who were/are used as modern day slaves by their fellow Jews; and, a Catholic Church, sacriligiously using God as their mantle for aiding and abetting those who have broken our laws, as the Church also has, deserve neither our compassion, our respect, nor our loyalty. All are guilty of sedition. Where are these so-called religious organizations when Americans, such as Jamiel Shaw and the Bologna family, are slaughtered by the illegal aliens these groups harbor and protect?

  • Chantal

    Any law-abiding, taxpaying citizen only has to view these pictures to realize: a group of illegal aliens who dress their children with clothing supporting a foreign country (Mexico); Jews, under the guise of compassion, protesting raids by those sworn to uphold our laws, for people illegally in this country who were/are used as modern day slaves by their fellow Jews; and, a Catholic Church, sacriligiously using God as their mantle for aiding and abetting those who have broken our laws, as the Church also has, deserve neither our compassion, our respect, nor our loyalty. All are guilty of sedition. Where are these so-called religious organizations when Americans, such as Jamiel Shaw and the Bologna family, are slaughtered by the illegal aliens these groups harbor and protect?

  • Chantal

    Any law-abiding, taxpaying citizen only has to view these pictures to realize: a group of illegal aliens who dress their children with clothing supporting a foreign country (Mexico); Jews, under the guise of compassion, protesting raids by those sworn to uphold our laws, for people illegally in this country who were/are used as modern day slaves by their fellow Jews; and, a Catholic Church, sacriligiously using God as their mantle for aiding and abetting those who have broken our laws, as the Church also has, deserve neither our compassion, our respect, nor our loyalty. All are guilty of sedition. Where are these so-called religious organizations when Americans, such as Jamiel Shaw and the Bologna family, are slaughtered by the illegal aliens these groups harbor and protect?

  • Tom

    Wow 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?

  • Tom

    Wow 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?

  • Tom

    Wow 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?

  • http://www.whatreallyhappened.com Mike Knapp

    Why are we even discussing this.
    You are here ILLEGALLY.

    If I had ten pounds of marijuana in my house, do I get to keep it? No, its illegal, and the cops are suppose to do their job. So Illegal criminal alien… go home. Dont need to see Americans killing latinos and vice versa. Cops, do your dam job.

    Go back to your country of origin, and have your freedom revolution back home. We’ll lend you our Constitution, since we dont seem to be using much of it lately.

    Its time to bring back Operation WETBACK 3 to a community near you.

    Give the illegals 6 months to get their shit together and leave. If you are not out by then, we will keep what little you have, and send you back on a box car.
    mk

  • http://www.whatreallyhappened.com Mike Knapp

    Why are we even discussing this.
    You are here ILLEGALLY.

    If I had ten pounds of marijuana in my house, do I get to keep it? No, its illegal, and the cops are suppose to do their job. So Illegal criminal alien… go home. Dont need to see Americans killing latinos and vice versa. Cops, do your dam job.

    Go back to your country of origin, and have your freedom revolution back home. We'll lend you our Constitution, since we dont seem to be using much of it lately.

    Its time to bring back Operation WETBACK 3 to a community near you.

    Give the illegals 6 months to get their shit together and leave. If you are not out by then, we will keep what little you have, and send you back on a box car.
    mk

  • http://www.whatreallyhappened.com Mike Knapp

    Why are we even discussing this.
    You are here ILLEGALLY.

    If I had ten pounds of marijuana in my house, do I get to keep it? No, its illegal, and the cops are suppose to do their job. So Illegal criminal alien… go home. Dont need to see Americans killing latinos and vice versa. Cops, do your dam job.

    Go back to your country of origin, and have your freedom revolution back home. We'll lend you our Constitution, since we dont seem to be using much of it lately.

    Its time to bring back Operation WETBACK 3 to a community near you.

    Give the illegals 6 months to get their shit together and leave. If you are not out by then, we will keep what little you have, and send you back on a box car.
    mk

  • Ralph

    You can’t just say “THEY ARE ILLEGAL, LETS STOP TALKING ABOUT IT,” or “GO HOME.” If so at essence you are a biggot and an ugly human being (Stupid too!). Would you have said the same back when slavery was legal? When it was illegal for women and people of color to vote? Schools were segregated by law?…etc. If you say yes, then you are an idiot and lack the understanding of oppression, solidarity and the right to fight for what’s right. By looking at the issue of immigrants in this country alone, you miss the entire global aspect of it. Corporations have closed factories here in the US and gone to developing countries where they take advantage of people’s dire situations, paying nothing for their labor ( $0.21 in some cases! That is how you can get a shirt here for only $15 at the GAP! http://www.behindthelabel.org/) If it wasn’t for the work of millions of people of color throughout the world we would be paying 3 to 10 times the price for food, merchandise, drugs, etc. These corporations get away with literally MURDER because the protections for workers do not exist. Corporations ally with governments to ensure that this doesn’t change (look at Chiquita Banana, Dole, TEXACO, etc). They kill anyone that stands up and most of the time wreck the fragile economies of these countries (Eg. COCA COLA http://www.killercoke.org/crimes.htm). When my small business closes or I can no longer sell my crop because WALMART moved in and sells their subsidized corn at half the price, or water, light, and education are now privatized and too expensive to pay and LEVIS closed its operation in the US and opened up a factory in Mexico but now only pays pennies ….. I will fight for my survival, whether is taking on the system or migrating to where the wealth of my labor is concentrated, the US or EUROPE. It only makes sense. US people, especially white people need to wake up! You are being taken on the same ride migrants come to the US, just on the last wagon, therefore you will probably see it too late.

    So all the ignorant people writing racist, xenophobic remarks, check your stupidity, be humble, read, and stand in solidarity with other human beings that have it worse because of their color/class and that are ultimately also fighting for your right to not be used and oppressed! learn because it is a matter of time before wealth is so polarized that even you or your children will be seriously affected.

  • Ralph

    You can't just say “THEY ARE ILLEGAL, LETS STOP TALKING ABOUT IT,” or “GO HOME.” If so at essence you are a biggot and an ugly human being (Stupid too!). Would you have said the same back when slavery was legal? When it was illegal for women and people of color to vote? Schools were segregated by law?…etc. If you say yes, then you are an idiot and lack the understanding of oppression, solidarity and the right to fight for what's right. By looking at the issue of immigrants in this country alone, you miss the entire global aspect of it. Corporations have closed factories here in the US and gone to developing countries where they take advantage of people's dire situations, paying nothing for their labor ( $0.21 in some cases! That is how you can get a shirt here for only $15 at the GAP! http://www.behindthelabel.org/) If it wasn't for the work of millions of people of color throughout the world we would be paying 3 to 10 times the price for food, merchandise, drugs, etc. These corporations get away with literally MURDER because the protections for workers do not exist. Corporations ally with governments to ensure that this doesn't change (look at Chiquita Banana, Dole, TEXACO, etc). They kill anyone that stands up and most of the time wreck the fragile economies of these countries (Eg. COCA COLA http://www.killercoke.org/crimes.htm). When my small business closes or I can no longer sell my crop because WALMART moved in and sells their subsidized corn at half the price, or water, light, and education are now privatized and too expensive to pay and LEVIS closed its operation in the US and opened up a factory in Mexico but now only pays pennies ….. I will fight for my survival, whether is taking on the system or migrating to where the wealth of my labor is concentrated, the US or EUROPE. It only makes sense. US people, especially white people need to wake up! You are being taken on the same ride migrants come to the US, just on the last wagon, therefore you will probably see it too late.

    So all the ignorant people writing racist, xenophobic remarks, check your stupidity, be humble, read, and stand in solidarity with other human beings that have it worse because of their color/class and that are ultimately also fighting for your right to not be used and oppressed! learn because it is a matter of time before wealth is so polarized that even you or your children will be seriously affected.

  • Ralph

    You can't just say “THEY ARE ILLEGAL, LETS STOP TALKING ABOUT IT,” or “GO HOME.” If so at essence you are a biggot and an ugly human being (Stupid too!). Would you have said the same back when slavery was legal? When it was illegal for women and people of color to vote? Schools were segregated by law?…etc. If you say yes, then you are an idiot and lack the understanding of oppression, solidarity and the right to fight for what's right. By looking at the issue of immigrants in this country alone, you miss the entire global aspect of it. Corporations have closed factories here in the US and gone to developing countries where they take advantage of people's dire situations, paying nothing for their labor ( $0.21 in some cases! That is how you can get a shirt here for only $15 at the GAP! http://www.behindthelabel.org/) If it wasn't for the work of millions of people of color throughout the world we would be paying 3 to 10 times the price for food, merchandise, drugs, etc. These corporations get away with literally MURDER because the protections for workers do not exist. Corporations ally with governments to ensure that this doesn't change (look at Chiquita Banana, Dole, TEXACO, etc). They kill anyone that stands up and most of the time wreck the fragile economies of these countries (Eg. COCA COLA http://www.killercoke.org/crimes.htm). When my small business closes or I can no longer sell my crop because WALMART moved in and sells their subsidized corn at half the price, or water, light, and education are now privatized and too expensive to pay and LEVIS closed its operation in the US and opened up a factory in Mexico but now only pays pennies ….. I will fight for my survival, whether is taking on the system or migrating to where the wealth of my labor is concentrated, the US or EUROPE. It only makes sense. US people, especially white people need to wake up! You are being taken on the same ride migrants come to the US, just on the last wagon, therefore you will probably see it too late.

    So all the ignorant people writing racist, xenophobic remarks, check your stupidity, be humble, read, and stand in solidarity with other human beings that have it worse because of their color/class and that are ultimately also fighting for your right to not be used and oppressed! learn because it is a matter of time before wealth is so polarized that even you or your children will be seriously affected.

  • http://www.exposeobama.com/ David

    In 1980, meat plant workers were making $19.00 an hour.
    In 2008, they are being paid $9.00 an hour.
    Put the owners of the meat plants in jail until they agree to stop hiring illegal aliens.
    Then, the wages will go up again and REAL Americans will fill the jobs.

  • http://www.exposeobama.com/ David

    In 1980, meat plant workers were making $19.00 an hour.
    In 2008, they are being paid $9.00 an hour.
    Put the owners of the meat plants in jail until they agree to stop hiring illegal aliens.
    Then, the wages will go up again and REAL Americans will fill the jobs.

  • http://www.exposeobama.com/ David

    In 1980, meat plant workers were making $19.00 an hour.
    In 2008, they are being paid $9.00 an hour.
    Put the owners of the meat plants in jail until they agree to stop hiring illegal aliens.
    Then, the wages will go up again and REAL Americans will fill the jobs.

  • Cali dreamer

    St Bridget supports the illegal aliens as a way to put more butts in the pews. They have to because SO many have become disenfranchised after the sex abuse scandals. Hey, where was Cardinal Roger in all this – how come he didn’t attend? He might as well have and become the patron saint of illegal aliens…..he’s already the patron saint of kiddie fiddler priests. Obey the laws of the U.S…..or get out. Hint: Walking around wavin’ the Mexican flag and wearin’ other items espousing Mexico is NOT a great way to gain acceptance from the American people. But, hey, keep doing it….because, as you surely don’t understand, you’re are feeding the anger of the American citizen by demanding your so-called rights as an illegal alien and it will only get worse for you.

  • Cali dreamer

    St Bridget supports the illegal aliens as a way to put more butts in the pews. They have to because SO many have become disenfranchised after the sex abuse scandals. Hey, where was Cardinal Roger in all this – how come he didn't attend? He might as well have and become the patron saint of illegal aliens…..he's already the patron saint of kiddie fiddler priests. Obey the laws of the U.S…..or get out. Hint: Walking around wavin' the Mexican flag and wearin' other items espousing Mexico is NOT a great way to gain acceptance from the American people. But, hey, keep doing it….because, as you surely don't understand, you're are feeding the anger of the American citizen by demanding your so-called rights as an illegal alien and it will only get worse for you.

  • Cali dreamer

    St Bridget supports the illegal aliens as a way to put more butts in the pews. They have to because SO many have become disenfranchised after the sex abuse scandals. Hey, where was Cardinal Roger in all this – how come he didn't attend? He might as well have and become the patron saint of illegal aliens…..he's already the patron saint of kiddie fiddler priests. Obey the laws of the U.S…..or get out. Hint: Walking around wavin' the Mexican flag and wearin' other items espousing Mexico is NOT a great way to gain acceptance from the American people. But, hey, keep doing it….because, as you surely don't understand, you're are feeding the anger of the American citizen by demanding your so-called rights as an illegal alien and it will only get worse for you.

  • Noelle

    Why do people keep saying it’s about RACE?!! It’s NOT!
    That’s completely ignorant, and just shows that you don’t have a clue.

    Educate yourself! I don’t care if we’re being invaded by Swedish supermodels! South America is at least 3 times bigger than the United States of America. Can we FIT everyone?! How about every other poor country in the world? Can we bring all of them here too? People from most parts of South America have babies much faster, younger, and in greater numbers than the rest of us, and I’m tired of paying for them! It’s simple math! Did the government ASK me if I would like to pay for them all?
    Over $6000 a year of my housing taxes (yes, that’s correct! It’s just a portion of what we have to pay!) goes JUST to pay for medicaid for illegal immigrants. Only illegal immigrants can actually qualify, without any proof of wages (U.S. citizens need tons of paperwork, and can almost never qualify) and I’m sick of being descriminated against for being a LEGAL citizen of the UNITED States of America. I’ve worked full time since I was 15. I lost my job, like many Americans, because of cheaper wages. It’s hard to find another because I’m not currently bilingual-I SHOULDN’T HAVE TO BE!!!

    United means ONE language, one nationality, one people! I’m proud to be American. If I were French, Italian or Mexican, I would live in that country.
    Anyone that truly wants to be American, welcome! Do it LEGALLY.
    Then follow our laws, stop sucking off of government programs that the rest of us are forced to pay for, and PAY TAXES. Pay for your own babies, food, housing, utilities, healthcare & CAR INSURANCE.
    AND learn ENGLISH. People from every other country in the world can do it, I find it hard to believe that everyone else is just smarter.
    BECOME AMERICAN. Stop forcing your culture down everyone else’s throat.

    My kindergartener is forced to learn Spanish in school.
    In kindergarten! My other daughter has a learning disability. She’s starting 3rd grade and can hardly read, but she’s forced to learn Spanish.
    I’m tired of buying groceries and no one speaks my language.
    I’m tired of people being annoyed/nasty with me because I don’t speak Spanish!
    I would boycott those stores, but it’s the same for most other stores. This is not America, this is an invasion, and it’s destroying our American quality of life. I’m tired of dirty, drunken Hispanic men leering at my little girls. And I know many people involved in car accidents, from cars driven by illegals with no insurance, and no real identity. And there’s plenty of people across the nation being killed by illegal aliens.
    They litter all over my yard and our park, throwing cigarette butts & empty packs and broken beer bottles for my kids to play with.
    I go to CVS, and I’m forced to hear Spanish commercials over the loudspeaker. They’re destroying our economy by running up credit cards and never paying them, by taking our jobs, and sending our money to THEIR country, for starters. I haven’t even touched on what illegal immigration doing to our schools, hospitals and legal systems–all paid for by American CITIZENS!

    Outsourcing all of our goods is a completely separate issue, that makes ALL of us slaves, and destroys ALL of our economies.
    Illegal immigration just makes it worse.

    You want illegals here? ADOPT a family!
    I can’t afford to buy school lunch for MY kids, but I’m FORCED to buy it for them.
    I have nothing against people wanting a better way of life, but I can’t support them all.
    I know many people against illegal immigration, but I don’t know a single person against it because of race.
    It’s just a convenient excuse when you want to win an arguement.

  • Noelle

    Why do people keep saying it's about RACE?!! It's NOT!
    That's completely ignorant, and just shows that you don't have a clue.

    Educate yourself! I don't care if we're being invaded by Swedish supermodels! South America is at least 3 times bigger than the United States of America. Can we FIT everyone?! How about every other poor country in the world? Can we bring all of them here too? People from most parts of South America have babies much faster, younger, and in greater numbers than the rest of us, and I'm tired of paying for them! It's simple math! Did the government ASK me if I would like to pay for them all?
    Over $6000 a year of my housing taxes (yes, that's correct! It's just a portion of what we have to pay!) goes JUST to pay for medicaid for illegal immigrants. Only illegal immigrants can actually qualify, without any proof of wages (U.S. citizens need tons of paperwork, and can almost never qualify) and I'm sick of being descriminated against for being a LEGAL citizen of the UNITED States of America. I've worked full time since I was 15. I lost my job, like many Americans, because of cheaper wages. It's hard to find another because I'm not currently bilingual-I SHOULDN'T HAVE TO BE!!!

    United means ONE language, one nationality, one people! I'm proud to be American. If I were French, Italian or Mexican, I would live in that country.
    Anyone that truly wants to be American, welcome! Do it LEGALLY.
    Then follow our laws, stop sucking off of government programs that the rest of us are forced to pay for, and PAY TAXES. Pay for your own babies, food, housing, utilities, healthcare & CAR INSURANCE.
    AND learn ENGLISH. People from every other country in the world can do it, I find it hard to believe that everyone else is just smarter.
    BECOME AMERICAN. Stop forcing your culture down everyone else's throat.

    My kindergartener is forced to learn Spanish in school.
    In kindergarten! My other daughter has a learning disability. She's starting 3rd grade and can hardly read, but she's forced to learn Spanish.
    I'm tired of buying groceries and no one speaks my language.
    I'm tired of people being annoyed/nasty with me because I don't speak Spanish!
    I would boycott those stores, but it's the same for most other stores. This is not America, this is an invasion, and it's destroying our American quality of life. I'm tired of dirty, drunken Hispanic men leering at my little girls. And I know many people involved in car accidents, from cars driven by illegals with no insurance, and no real identity. And there's plenty of people across the nation being killed by illegal aliens.
    They litter all over my yard and our park, throwing cigarette butts & empty packs and broken beer bottles for my kids to play with.
    I go to CVS, and I'm forced to hear Spanish commercials over the loudspeaker. They're destroying our economy by running up credit cards and never paying them, by taking our jobs, and sending our money to THEIR country, for starters. I haven't even touched on what illegal immigration doing to our schools, hospitals and legal systems–all paid for by American CITIZENS!

    Outsourcing all of our goods is a completely separate issue, that makes ALL of us slaves, and destroys ALL of our economies.
    Illegal immigration just makes it worse.

    You want illegals here? ADOPT a family!
    I can't afford to buy school lunch for MY kids, but I'm FORCED to buy it for them.
    I have nothing against people wanting a better way of life, but I can't support them all.
    I know many people against illegal immigration, but I don't know a single person against it because of race.
    It's just a convenient excuse when you want to win an arguement.

  • Noelle

    Why do people keep saying it's about RACE?!! It's NOT!
    That's completely ignorant, and just shows that you don't have a clue.

    Educate yourself! I don't care if we're being invaded by Swedish supermodels! South America is at least 3 times bigger than the United States of America. Can we FIT everyone?! How about every other poor country in the world? Can we bring all of them here too? People from most parts of South America have babies much faster, younger, and in greater numbers than the rest of us, and I'm tired of paying for them! It's simple math! Did the government ASK me if I would like to pay for them all?
    Over $6000 a year of my housing taxes (yes, that's correct! It's just a portion of what we have to pay!) goes JUST to pay for medicaid for illegal immigrants. Only illegal immigrants can actually qualify, without any proof of wages (U.S. citizens need tons of paperwork, and can almost never qualify) and I'm sick of being descriminated against for being a LEGAL citizen of the UNITED States of America. I've worked full time since I was 15. I lost my job, like many Americans, because of cheaper wages. It's hard to find another because I'm not currently bilingual-I SHOULDN'T HAVE TO BE!!!

    United means ONE language, one nationality, one people! I'm proud to be American. If I were French, Italian or Mexican, I would live in that country.
    Anyone that truly wants to be American, welcome! Do it LEGALLY.
    Then follow our laws, stop sucking off of government programs that the rest of us are forced to pay for, and PAY TAXES. Pay for your own babies, food, housing, utilities, healthcare & CAR INSURANCE.
    AND learn ENGLISH. People from every other country in the world can do it, I find it hard to believe that everyone else is just smarter.
    BECOME AMERICAN. Stop forcing your culture down everyone else's throat.

    My kindergartener is forced to learn Spanish in school.
    In kindergarten! My other daughter has a learning disability. She's starting 3rd grade and can hardly read, but she's forced to learn Spanish.
    I'm tired of buying groceries and no one speaks my language.
    I'm tired of people being annoyed/nasty with me because I don't speak Spanish!
    I would boycott those stores, but it's the same for most other stores. This is not America, this is an invasion, and it's destroying our American quality of life. I'm tired of dirty, drunken Hispanic men leering at my little girls. And I know many people involved in car accidents, from cars driven by illegals with no insurance, and no real identity. And there's plenty of people across the nation being killed by illegal aliens.
    They litter all over my yard and our park, throwing cigarette butts & empty packs and broken beer bottles for my kids to play with.
    I go to CVS, and I'm forced to hear Spanish commercials over the loudspeaker. They're destroying our economy by running up credit cards and never paying them, by taking our jobs, and sending our money to THEIR country, for starters. I haven't even touched on what illegal immigration doing to our schools, hospitals and legal systems–all paid for by American CITIZENS!

    Outsourcing all of our goods is a completely separate issue, that makes ALL of us slaves, and destroys ALL of our economies.
    Illegal immigration just makes it worse.

    You want illegals here? ADOPT a family!
    I can't afford to buy school lunch for MY kids, but I'm FORCED to buy it for them.
    I have nothing against people wanting a better way of life, but I can't support them all.
    I know many people against illegal immigration, but I don't know a single person against it because of race.
    It's just a convenient excuse when you want to win an arguement.

  • Wanda

    If you believe that illegal immigration should be reduced, then go to
    http://www.NumbersUSA.com and start faxing (for free) your congressional reps.
    It is better to curse the darkness of Congress than sit silently stewing about this.

  • Wanda

    If you believe that illegal immigration should be reduced, then go to
    http://www.NumbersUSA.com and start faxing (for free) your congressional reps.
    It is better to curse the darkness of Congress than sit silently stewing about this.

  • Wanda

    If you believe that illegal immigration should be reduced, then go to
    http://www.NumbersUSA.com and start faxing (for free) your congressional reps.
    It is better to curse the darkness of Congress than sit silently stewing about this.

  • Carol from California

    These jewish so called do gooders, who pretend to have concern for the illegals, are only worried about having cheap labor for their businesses.

    They are no better than slave traders.

    And they are breaking Federal laws by aiding and abetting and hiring illegal slave labor.

    They are too cheap to pay anyone a decent wage, so they have to stoop to putting Americans out of work.

    Will serve them right when the illegal invaders take over their businesses.

    Then they will have to join the ranks of millions of Americans who lost their businesses and jobe to the illegal invaders.

    These people who hire illegals are nothing but traitors to America.

  • Carol from California

    These jewish so called do gooders, who pretend to have concern for the illegals, are only worried about having cheap labor for their businesses.

    They are no better than slave traders.

    And they are breaking Federal laws by aiding and abetting and hiring illegal slave labor.

    They are too cheap to pay anyone a decent wage, so they have to stoop to putting Americans out of work.

    Will serve them right when the illegal invaders take over their businesses.

    Then they will have to join the ranks of millions of Americans who lost their businesses and jobe to the illegal invaders.

    These people who hire illegals are nothing but traitors to America.

  • Carol from California

    These jewish so called do gooders, who pretend to have concern for the illegals, are only worried about having cheap labor for their businesses.

    They are no better than slave traders.

    And they are breaking Federal laws by aiding and abetting and hiring illegal slave labor.

    They are too cheap to pay anyone a decent wage, so they have to stoop to putting Americans out of work.

    Will serve them right when the illegal invaders take over their businesses.

    Then they will have to join the ranks of millions of Americans who lost their businesses and jobe to the illegal invaders.

    These people who hire illegals are nothing but traitors to America.

  • American Patriot

    What part if illegal do you not understand. You broke the law you pay the price. When you came here knowing you might get caught you would be sent back and the family would be split. That is the chance you took. If I brake the law I as a citizen pays a fine or go to jail. What makes you any different?????

  • Eddy

    I am in complete agreement with Ralph, you are all racists, period. There are no ifs nor buts about it. And for all those that have retired on Social Security, you should be thanking undocumented immigrants, because they mostly don’t collect their taxes back and have kept the system going for decades. Welfare?! No undocumented person can apply for it! They are undocumented genius! Maybe their kids, but that just points to the continued lack of resources our government puts on communities of color.

    And Noelle, you are crazy! You are not a victim, please. You just rant and rant, no proof, no numbers. Because when the numbers are shown, you really see the truth. This is about race 100%, you all are RACISTS!!!!!!

    All these numberUSA and FIRM and minute men are all made up of KKK, RACISTS WHITE SUPREMACISTS, get use to it, you are with them.

    Makes me sick to be white

    • gg213

      you are right god made this world with one man in one woman color or region or ethnic was involved…the world was made in one day and expanded….so all the seperation and saying send them back to mexico that just shows how much they are against mexicans only or any hispanic ….what happened to fighting against wars and world peace and really incarceratig terrorists and rapist in our own country…so know that mexico is blamed for all the drugs its all on them …pleassseeee…united states makes their own and alabama, tennesse, missisippi are full of people that still live in the 70s come on get a life and see your surroundings and start interacting with different cultures… there are so much curroptions in these states and going on bankruptcy because of their own lazy americans..if it was not for illegals they wouldnt budget…numbers say it all …viva la unidad!!!!

  • http://www.farrfeed.com/ John H. Farr

    Geez!

    “BECOME AMERICAN. Stop forcing your culture down everyone else’s throat.”

    I guess this person would have us all live in tipis and hunt buffalo.

    Seriously, the racism expressed by so many commenters here is appalling. Don’t you know we’re all immigrants? ALL only passing through this world? Where is your compassion?

  • Liz

    Sorry to burst your bubble Eddy, but illegals collect all kinds of welfare. I know, I work at a social services office. They lie and cheat the system all the time. Nothing is done to them because it is a waste of time and money to pursue them. They are not even charged with a crime because they just move and start using a new name. If a citizen does that, they could be charged with a crime and are always made to pay it back, total double standard. Ralph, you can’t compare apples to oranges. Woman and blacks were DENIED their rights. Illegals are invaders who try to get rights they to which they are not entitled. Illegals are not American citizens, they are citizens of other countries. They are not here because they love this land and want to assimilate. They just want the benefits of being here. Notice all the Mexican flags, bandanas, etc at the Iowa Rally Sunday? Those people love and are loyal to their Mexico, and there is nothing wrong with that. I love my country too. That is why we need to make sure we secure the border and know who is coming in, keep out drugs and gangs. Those people deserved to be arrested, they lied, falsified documents and stole others social security numbers. I want a better life too, but I won’t hurt someone else to get it. Hmmm, I am not seeing any indication of race mentioned in the “racist” comments. Are YOU somehow saying that illegals are of a certain “race” and therefore the term “illegal” is racist?

  • Iowa born and raised / AZ resident

    Iowans had better pay attention to what’s happening in their small towns! They had better find the courage to take a stand and demand all immigration laws be enforced! The state of AZ has at least 600,000 ILLEGAL residents, the majority coming from Mexico. Many of our schools are 99% non-English speakers. Latest statistics show nearly 2 BILLION dollars is being spent each year educating students who are in AZ illegally, or under the false pretense of automatic birthright citizenship. Who do you think gets shortchanged in the public schools?? Legal American children!

    This country cannot continue to import millions of unskilled, uneducated individuals. American citizens need to get their heads out of their big-screen televisions and demand accountability from ourselves, our elected leaders and businesses!

    John – My family members were ALL born here in the U.S. – as legal citizens – so please don’t call me an immigrant! You might want to find a new country to call home and spread your compassion there!

  • MBR

    Why do you think that the illegals turn this into a race issue? Becasue if they address the REAL charge, i.e. breaking into the country illegally and fraudulently using our system and services, they lose the arguement right out of the gate. Cut and dried, come into the country legally or expect to meet justifiable anger and resentment.

  • MBR

    Why do you think that the illegals turn this into a race issue? Becasue if they address the REAL charge, i.e. breaking into the country illegally and fraudulently using our system and services, they lose the arguement right out of the gate. Cut and dried, come into the country legally or expect to meet justifiable anger and resentment.

  • Bob

    Why do “fuzzy-minded liberals” promote themselves as being tolerant, compassionate and concerned about racism..when in fact, they are the most intolerant, hateful, and self-loathing when it comes to their own race. Lenin called people like you “useful idiots” just before he put them out of their misery.

    The only thing the illegal invaders from Mexico love about America is the currency; a good chunk of which they pull out of our economy and send back to Mexico.

  • Bob

    Why do “fuzzy-minded liberals” promote themselves as being tolerant, compassionate and concerned about racism..when in fact, they are the most intolerant, hateful, and self-loathing when it comes to their own race. Lenin called people like you “useful idiots” just before he put them out of their misery.

    The only thing the illegal invaders from Mexico love about America is the currency; a good chunk of which they pull out of our economy and send back to Mexico.

  • Chantal

    Do those who refer to law-abiding, legal citizens who demand that those appointed/elected uphold and enforce our laws as “racists” realize how ridiculous this is and how it proves the amount of the LaRaza Kool-Aid they have swallowed?

    Employers, be they those who hire an illegal housekeeper or a meat processor, claim that they have compassion for those less fortunate and are providing them with a better life. In reality, what they are saying is, “Come work for me at wages far higher than what you could earn in your home country (but well below what I would have to pay a legal American citizen). Your life will be better, but never as good as mine (due to the huge profits I will derive from your slave labor).”

    The employers who exploit Hispanics for their own profit are the true “racists.” The Hispanics who illegally enter, reside, and work in our country are those who have violated, and continue to violate, our laws.

    We have one group that consists of legal citizens demanding that their taxes be used for enforcing our laws; another group that consists of employers who are violating our laws and exploiting, for profit, human beings as modern day slaves; and, a group of people who have illegally entered our country and blatantly advertise their loyalty to a foreign country, demand rights, in Spanish, that are, by law, granted exclusively to legal citizens, and brazenly march through our tax-paid streets, disrupting businesses and causing social unrest.

    To use a legal term, which group would appear “to the normal person” as the one that is most justified in their demands? Certainly not the modern day slave masters and most definitely not those from foreign countries who have absolutely no right to be in this country.

  • Chantal

    Do those who refer to law-abiding, legal citizens who demand that those appointed/elected uphold and enforce our laws as “racists” realize how ridiculous this is and how it proves the amount of the LaRaza Kool-Aid they have swallowed?

    Employers, be they those who hire an illegal housekeeper or a meat processor, claim that they have compassion for those less fortunate and are providing them with a better life. In reality, what they are saying is, “Come work for me at wages far higher than what you could earn in your home country (but well below what I would have to pay a legal American citizen). Your life will be better, but never as good as mine (due to the huge profits I will derive from your slave labor).”

    The employers who exploit Hispanics for their own profit are the true “racists.” The Hispanics who illegally enter, reside, and work in our country are those who have violated, and continue to violate, our laws.

    We have one group that consists of legal citizens demanding that their taxes be used for enforcing our laws; another group that consists of employers who are violating our laws and exploiting, for profit, human beings as modern day slaves; and, a group of people who have illegally entered our country and blatantly advertise their loyalty to a foreign country, demand rights, in Spanish, that are, by law, granted exclusively to legal citizens, and brazenly march through our tax-paid streets, disrupting businesses and causing social unrest.

    To use a legal term, which group would appear “to the normal person” as the one that is most justified in their demands? Certainly not the modern day slave masters and most definitely not those from foreign countries who have absolutely no right to be in this country.

  • Michael

    OK, I am a racist, NOW can we have the ILLEGAL immigrants GO HOME?

    ILLEGAL immigrants are getting services for a greatly reduced benefit than a high paying TAXPAYER! I hope the California school that is being sued over this concept goes down hard.

  • Michael

    OK, I am a racist, NOW can we have the ILLEGAL immigrants GO HOME?

    ILLEGAL immigrants are getting services for a greatly reduced benefit than a high paying TAXPAYER! I hope the California school that is being sued over this concept goes down hard.

  • Tom

    Where are the Iowans flocking to take the jobs the illegals were doing? They are now from Somalia. Exploit away!

  • Tom

    Where are the Iowans flocking to take the jobs the illegals were doing? They are now from Somalia. Exploit away!

  • Robert

    The Postville raid is just the beginning. God bless those who had the courage to go to Postville and face the blantant Catholic church, the Jewish criminals, and the illegal aliens. Some Americans have the patriotism and the will to confront these people and the mass media.

    The ignorant flaming liberals (ex. Ralph and Eddy …)who have posted live in another world … a kool-aid ideology that has made mush of their brains and rotted their guts. They are but a few who want to destroy America. Common sense and reasoning are not part of a liberals make-up.

    Americans…time is running out. We must hear more voices and see more resistance against this invasion. Our government and most of our elected reps are weak and scared.

    The Chamber of Commerce (at all levels)is the largest funded enemy supporting illegal immigration. They are pouring millions $$ into lobbying funds to combat any effort made by Americans to stop the invasion of illegal alien foreign nationals. La Raza (The Race)…the powerful and racist Mexican organization…well funded by the Ford Foundation and our Federal government.. is equally trying to import, populate, and take over all of the Southwest area of The United States.

    We, who stand and fight, are tired. We, who speak out and rally and contact our government need help from Americans. Americans who will stand beside us and fight for our nation. God Bless America !!

  • Robert

    The Postville raid is just the beginning. God bless those who had the courage to go to Postville and face the blantant Catholic church, the Jewish criminals, and the illegal aliens. Some Americans have the patriotism and the will to confront these people and the mass media.

    The ignorant flaming liberals (ex. Ralph and Eddy …)who have posted live in another world … a kool-aid ideology that has made mush of their brains and rotted their guts. They are but a few who want to destroy America. Common sense and reasoning are not part of a liberals make-up.

    Americans…time is running out. We must hear more voices and see more resistance against this invasion. Our government and most of our elected reps are weak and scared.

    The Chamber of Commerce (at all levels)is the largest funded enemy supporting illegal immigration. They are pouring millions $$ into lobbying funds to combat any effort made by Americans to stop the invasion of illegal alien foreign nationals. La Raza (The Race)…the powerful and racist Mexican organization…well funded by the Ford Foundation and our Federal government.. is equally trying to import, populate, and take over all of the Southwest area of The United States.

    We, who stand and fight, are tired. We, who speak out and rally and contact our government need help from Americans. Americans who will stand beside us and fight for our nation. God Bless America !!

  • Noelle

    Great argument Eddy. Did you forget to actually say something?
    What numbers are you asking for? You said numbers equal racism.
    Your argument doesn’t make any sense.
    If you seriously would like to debate, there’s no need to call people names. Do you have any facts, or just name-calling?

    You say people of color. Are you saying all illegals are black?
    Your comments are the most racist I’ve seen posted.
    And why would you assume I’m white?!
    You’re the only one obsessed with race.
    You keep talking about skin color.
    I used it in reference to culture, country or language of origin.

    Social security?
    Most illegal immigrants DON’T PAY TAXES!!!
    Who are YOU calling stupid?! You really don’t have a clue.

    AND you don’t need an identity to collect welfare, Einstein.
    You just need a pseudonym, and to be pregnant & illegal.
    Legal citizens need tons of documentation, and even if they need it are usually denied. Illegals get “emergency medical care”, no documentation needed. Free healthcare for them and their babies.
    The baby then gets citizenship, and they both get welfare for as long as they like because the mother is the caregiver.

    I had a job, but no health insurance when my kids were born.
    I couldn’t even get them immunizations, the same ones that illegals get for free. Maybe you should check your facts. United States citizens are the ones being discriminated against, by definition.

    John H. Farr, maybe you should read that again.

    The United States of America were formed after the Revolutionary war.
    Since many of the French helped win the war, there was much debate about our national language. A vote was taken, and it was decided that English would be the language of our new nation, not French, and all of our founding documents were written in English.

    The UNITED States of America thought that it was important to share ONE culture. It didn’t matter where you came from, as long as you shed your identity and became American. An American speaks one common language-English, pledges allegiance to one flag, the American flag, and abides by the laws of this nation, set forth by our founding fathers. It has to do with allegiance and pride of this country, and the willingness to fight for it and to protect it.

    It has absolutely nothing to do with race.
    Maybe you should ask yourself if you are racist,
    or maybe just anti-American?
    I’m assuming you are neither, probably just not understanding what the real problem is.

    You speak of compassion.
    You must be wealthy or in some other way removed from the situation.
    Many illegals that DO work, are kept as modern day slaves. They live in inhuman conditions (prisoners are generally treated better) held captive by scumbag landlords and employers, and given only what someone feels like giving them. They are used, and sometimes physically abused. They are not on the payroll, they are paid in cash, much like a babysitter, and no taxes are collected.
    I’ve worked with many of them, and spoke to many of them.
    The people that I knew were essentially held captive by the restaurant owner, and given slave wages.
    They were nice people, but their goal was common: they all needed to find an American girl to impregnant as quickly as possible.
    They would talk her into marriage, and would not be deported.
    The baby would be paid for, and she would have to support him through welfare. When he got bored, he could return to his country of origin. Many already had families in other countries, that were abandoned for “a better life”.

  • Noelle

    Great argument Eddy. Did you forget to actually say something?
    What numbers are you asking for? You said numbers equal racism.
    Your argument doesn't make any sense.
    If you seriously would like to debate, there's no need to call people names. Do you have any facts, or just name-calling?

    You say people of color. Are you saying all illegals are black?
    Your comments are the most racist I've seen posted.
    And why would you assume I'm white?!
    You're the only one obsessed with race.
    You keep talking about skin color.
    I used it in reference to culture, country or language of origin.

    Social security?
    Most illegal immigrants DON'T PAY TAXES!!!
    Who are YOU calling stupid?! You really don't have a clue.

    AND you don't need an identity to collect welfare, Einstein.
    You just need a pseudonym, and to be pregnant & illegal.
    Legal citizens need tons of documentation, and even if they need it are usually denied. Illegals get “emergency medical care”, no documentation needed. Free healthcare for them and their babies.
    The baby then gets citizenship, and they both get welfare for as long as they like because the mother is the caregiver.

    I had a job, but no health insurance when my kids were born.
    I couldn't even get them immunizations, the same ones that illegals get for free. Maybe you should check your facts. United States citizens are the ones being discriminated against, by definition.

    John H. Farr, maybe you should read that again.

    The United States of America were formed after the Revolutionary war.
    Since many of the French helped win the war, there was much debate about our national language. A vote was taken, and it was decided that English would be the language of our new nation, not French, and all of our founding documents were written in English.

    The UNITED States of America thought that it was important to share ONE culture. It didn't matter where you came from, as long as you shed your identity and became American. An American speaks one common language-English, pledges allegiance to one flag, the American flag, and abides by the laws of this nation, set forth by our founding fathers. It has to do with allegiance and pride of this country, and the willingness to fight for it and to protect it.

    It has absolutely nothing to do with race.
    Maybe you should ask yourself if you are racist,
    or maybe just anti-American?
    I'm assuming you are neither, probably just not understanding what the real problem is.

    You speak of compassion.
    You must be wealthy or in some other way removed from the situation.
    Many illegals that DO work, are kept as modern day slaves. They live in inhuman conditions (prisoners are generally treated better) held captive by scumbag landlords and employers, and given only what someone feels like giving them. They are used, and sometimes physically abused. They are not on the payroll, they are paid in cash, much like a babysitter, and no taxes are collected.
    I've worked with many of them, and spoke to many of them.
    The people that I knew were essentially held captive by the restaurant owner, and given slave wages.
    They were nice people, but their goal was common: they all needed to find an American girl to impregnant as quickly as possible.
    They would talk her into marriage, and would not be deported.
    The baby would be paid for, and she would have to support him through welfare. When he got bored, he could return to his country of origin. Many already had families in other countries, that were abandoned for “a better life”.

  • g. blakeman

    ” We are going to dominate this country.” Edward James Olmo, addressing a large Hispanic group on Aug.5th. 2001. There are about 600 million people south of the U.S border. The ones that coming here do not want to assimilate. They are extending their race and culture north and intend by strength of numbers to challenge the current majority for cultural and political supremacy. They are not people who have much aptitude for negotiation; but rather are quick to resort to violence. There will come a time when our children will have to suffer for our negligense. My best feelings go out to all of the Patriots who care enough about our home to resist the invasion. There is much more sympathy with your stance than is apparent from the apathy that is so prevalent. ” One committed person is an army”

  • g. blakeman

    ” We are going to dominate this country.” Edward James Olmo, addressing a large Hispanic group on Aug.5th. 2001. There are about 600 million people south of the U.S border. The ones that coming here do not want to assimilate. They are extending their race and culture north and intend by strength of numbers to challenge the current majority for cultural and political supremacy. They are not people who have much aptitude for negotiation; but rather are quick to resort to violence. There will come a time when our children will have to suffer for our negligense. My best feelings go out to all of the Patriots who care enough about our home to resist the invasion. There is much more sympathy with your stance than is apparent from the apathy that is so prevalent. ” One committed person is an army”

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