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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.

The new birthers: Arizona truck driver arrested, forced to show birth certificate

By John Tomasic | 04.26.10 | 12:00 pm

A Latino truck driver outside Phoenix was taken into custody by law enforcement at a weigh station. He pulled in to have the truck looked at, was apparently approached by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents and asked for ID. He showed them his commercial driver’s license. They asked him for more ID. He told them his social security number. They cuffed him took him to the central office in Phoenix and called his wife to bring his social security card and birth certificate. The man is identifying himself to media only as “Abdon” and he is an American citizen born in the USA.

The ICE agents said this was all just standard procedure. But the agents might just as well have been local police or highway patrol, who are now required by the controversial law Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed Friday to follow the same “standard procedure” and question individuals about their immigration status during routine stops. Welcome to the new Arizona, where there are sure to be whole websites dedicated to these kind of stories soon.

Here in Iowa, GOP gubernatorial hopeful Bob Vander Plaats told The Des Moines Register Monday that he’d advocate for a similar type of law if he’s elected this fall, saying “there’s nothing (honorable) about being illegal… This country was built on legal immigration. And we want to foster legal immigration. But if it’s illegal, it’s illegal.”

The original report from an Arizona KTVK TV news / website:

Abdon was told he did not have enough paperwork on him when he pulled into a weigh station to have his commercial truck checked. He provided his commercial driver’s license and a social security number but ended up handcuffed.

An agent called his wife and she had to leave work to drive home and grab other documents like his birth certificate.

Jackie explains, “I have his social security card as well and mine. He’s legit. It’s the first time it’s ever happened.”

Both were born in the United States and say they are now both infuriated that keeping important documents safely at home is no longer an option.

Jackie says, “It doesn’t feel like it’s a good way of life, to live with fear, even though we are okay, we are legal…still have to carry documents around.”

A representative at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) returned 3TV’s calls after researching the incident and she said this was standard operating procedure.

Arizona now has the toughest immigration-related laws in the country, making it a state crime to be in the country without the proper visa. The new law has raised howls from civil rights groups for putting the onus on local police to enforce laws tougher than federal immigration statutes. Immigration and civil rights activists argue the law is a misguided reaction to admittedly major security and trafficking problems on the border. They say the new state law is an unconstitutional and anti-American recipe for racial profiling abuses that will create divisions and heighten the reluctance of Latino community members to seek police assistance even for everyday matters of security and law enforcement.

Comments

  • http://www.philosyphia.com NathanPralle

    As if I didn't have enough reasons to NOT vote for Vander Plaats, here's yet another. Hope you enjoy the craziness, Arizona.

    • http://xn--bergeek-m2a.myopenid.com/ Amazed

      Hope you enjoy home invasions, kidnappings, and armed Mexican terrorists, Iowa.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ocmccormick Owen Chandler McCormick

    I've been telling people that VanderPlaats is an idiot, just like Obama. This proves it.

    Why can't we just leave things alone for once? We wouldn't have any problems with illegals getting into the country if we had a whole barrier along the U.S-Mexico border, and there isn't. There are many wholes that still need to be patched. Not only that, but if Customs did their jobs, the problem wouldn't be nearly as bad as it is.

  • wcsnyder

    This should step up the pressure for a national ID card. Be sure to take your passport when you go to AZ

    • anotherbird

      A national ID??? They didn't even respect the man with Arizona ID while in Arizona.

      • http://xn--bergeek-m2a.myopenid.com/ Amazed

        That's because “they” are the Federal Government. They couldn't care less what state they were.

    • Guest

      Yeah…I'm really excited to take a road trip to AZ now… I'd just as soon have to drive around TN and see all their freakish confederate flags. Good lord.

      • http://xn--bergeek-m2a.myopenid.com/ Amazed

        Given your lack of reading comprehension skills, we'd prefer you stayed at home.

    • http://xn--bergeek-m2a.myopenid.com/ Amazed

      Any state issued ID card (including driver's licenses) are proof of legal status under the AZ law.

  • anotherbird

    It seems that the governor's assurances were categorically false, and it hasn't even been a week yet. Imagine a man born in America is considered an illegal immigrant in America. Arizona's immigration law may not survive year.

    • sngfx

      READ THE STORY. These aren't Arizona police, for crying out loud. The headline for this story is completely sensational and misleading. The Iowa Independent must be run by high school kids.

      • anotherbird

        An Arizona truck driver was pulled over in Arizona holding an apparent Arizona driver's license. Yes, Phoenix is in the middle of Arizona. What is hard to understand about that? The government of Arizona gave assurances that it has been clearly demonstrated that it can't guarantee. This what the story demonstrates, or did you miss that?

        • sngfx

          Okay, you're clearly dim, so I'm going to give this one more shot and then move on: The man was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which is a FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY. The state of Arizona has absolutely no control over what ICE does. Thus, this story and its headline are completely misleading.

          • anotherbird

            No where in both comments that you replied to contains the argument that it was city or state law enforcement offices. The man in the story could have been arrested by city, state or federal law enforcement offices. The article present a clear example of what the assurances that governor of Arizona made is unfounded. What made this situation worse is that he was born an American citizen.

            Also, the time of the article states “Arizona truck driver arrested, forced to show birth certificate.” The man lived in Arizona and he is a truck driver, thus he is an Arizona truck driver. He was arrested and handcuffed. Yes, when you are handcuffed you are arrested, but not charged. His wife had to produce his birth certificate. Being arrested and having a family member have to produce your birth certifcate to have you release, is being “forced to show” a birth certificate. Thus the title of the article is correct.

            If you can show where it states city police, state police or any variation on than then there will be an admittance of an error made. If not, then you have to admit that you have a reading comprehension problem.

          • http://xn--bergeek-m2a.myopenid.com/ Amazed

            I *should* follow sngfx's lead and give up on you as a lost cause (although not because I think you're dim — just willfully ignorant).

            1. The Federal Government arrested this guy. It had nothing to do with Arizona's governor. It had nothing to do with Arizona other than it happened to be in Arizona. Therefore, the “assurances” of the governor had no bearing on this story. In your original post, you said, and I quote: “It seems that the governor's assurances were categorically false, and it hasn't even been a week yet. … Arizona's immigration law may not survive year.” Now, please explain what “it hasn't even been a week yet” means. Someone with logical reasoning skills would be likely to conclude that something happened within the past week that caused this to happen. That same person, having read the above story or being aware of current events, would conclude that the thing that happened within the past week was the passage of SB1070. Now, if that same person were also aware that SB1070 doesn't take effect until July, they might be somewhat perplexed. Especially in light of the sentence you wrote opining that the law might not survive the year.

            2. SB1070 (Arizona's immigration law) accepts any form of government issued ID (including driver's licenses) as proof of legal status. Therefore, unlike the much stricter federal laws (which caused this trucker so much hassle), the Arizona immigration law would never have caused this guy to be detained.

            Now, obviously you can continue your increasingly desperate attempts to spin this into you having said something other than what you really said. But, honestly, admitting that you misunderstood the article (which is obvious to anyone with even the most rudimentary reading comprehension skills) would make you look far brighter and a lot less stubborn than you're making yourself look at the moment.

          • anotherbird

            You should have just ignored my comment. The law that was signed by the governor comes into effect in several months. The point that was attempted to be made is that the governor has made a claim that there is absolutely nothing to support her claim.

            When I look at an issue I search for examples that can either support a point that is attempting to be made, or undermine it. This person being arrested by federal law enforcement agents does undermined the law written by the state of Arizona, especially when the governor suggest that her state will be looking to others to determine how to implement the policies. Who is are they going to look at.

            Did you honestly take time and read the bill. I express my opinion based on the events that occurred. Now, you attempt to suggest that their is something that is the law which isn't. There are mentions of “driver's licenses” but not in the context in which you attempt to present it. This actually undermines your argument.

            The bill is a good read you should take time to read it.

          • http://xn--bergeek-m2a.myopenid.com/ Amazed

            I read it in full, from top to bottom, right after it was signed. Since you obviously haven't, here you go:

            B. FOR ANY LAWFUL CONTACT MADE BY A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIAL OR A LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY OF THIS STATE OR A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIAL OR A LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY OF A COUNTY, CITY, TOWN OR OTHER POLITICAL SUBDIVISION OF THIS STATE WHERE REASONABLE SUSPICION EXISTS THAT THE PERSON IS AN ALIEN WHO IS UNLAWFULLY PRESENT IN THE UNITED STATES, A REASONABLE ATTEMPT SHALL BE MADE, WHEN PRACTICABLE, TO DETERMINE THE IMMIGRATION STATUS OF THE PERSON, EXCEPT IF THE DETERMINATION MAY HINDER OR OBSTRUCT AN INVESTIGATION. ANY PERSON WHO IS ARRESTED SHALL HAVE THE PERSON'S IMMIGRATION STATUS DETERMINED BEFORE THE PERSON IS RELEASED. THE PERSON'S IMMIGRATION STATUS SHALL BE VERIFIED WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT PURSUANT TO 8 UNITED STATES CODE SECTION 1373(c). A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIAL OR AGENCY OF THIS STATE OR A COUNTY, CITY, TOWN OR OTHER POLITICAL SUBDIVISION OF THIS STATE MAY NOT SOLELY CONSIDER RACE, COLOR OR NATIONAL ORIGIN IN IMPLEMENTING THE REQUIREMENTS OF THIS SUBSECTION EXCEPT TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY THE UNITED STATES OR ARIZONA CONSTITUTION.

            A PERSON IS PRESUMED TO NOT BE AN ALIEN WHO IS UNLAWFULLY PRESENT IN THE UNITED STATES IF THE PERSON PROVIDES TO THE LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER OR AGENCY ANY OF THE FOLLOWING:

            1. A VALID ARIZONA DRIVER LICENSE.
            2. A VALID ARIZONA NONOPERATING IDENTIFICATION LICENSE.
            3. A VALID TRIBAL ENROLLMENT CARD OR OTHER FORM OF TRIBAL
            IDENTIFICATION.
            4. IF THE ENTITY REQUIRES PROOF OF LEGAL PRESENCE IN THE UNITED STATES
            BEFORE ISSUANCE, ANY VALID UNITED STATES FEDERAL, STATE OR LOCAL GOVERNMENT ISSUED IDENTIFICATION.

          • anotherbird

            Looking at SB1070 those words are not in there.

            http://www.azleg.gov/legtext/49leg/2r/bills/sb1…

            Please direct me to the actual legal code that you are referring to. Notice mine is from the Government of Arizona, and is SB1070.

            When ever I refer to actual legal code I take time to read it, both out of curiosity and to check facts.

          • http://xn--bergeek-m2a.myopenid.com/ Amazed

            You're looking at the Senate version. The referenced language is from the house version:

            http://www.azleg.gov/legtext/49leg/2r/bills/sb1…

            That language made it into the final bill. Check the main azleg.gov page — they've got a link for SB 1070 that has lots of other references below it. It's a bit of a maze, but that will probably be the most informative for you.

            Now I understand why so many people are up in arms. I suspect that only the Senate bill is being passed about. I honestly thought people (including you) were just being obtuse. Sorry about that.

          • anotherbird

            Thank you for your clarification. Let us hope when reconciliation occurs that the language includes the language that you have indicated in the house version, as it would eliminate my original concern.

          • lauran01

            Just FYI, Reconciliation has occured and the final bill included the language by Amazed that he pasted above. In addition, the legislature decided to further refine the law and passed HB 2162 which changed it from during a “lawful contact” to during a “lawful stop.”
            The AZ Leg website is hard, but when you go into the bill info., click on the Bill Overview and down at the bottom of the page it gives you the chapter number the final bill was included in and click on that. For HB 2162 it was Chapter 211.

          • http://xn--bergeek-m2a.myopenid.com/ Amazed

            I should also add, that Senate bill is a complete disaster. That most assuredly would have resulted in Gestapo tactics and violation of basic civil rights.

      • mtlaurie

        true, but the tenor of the story is the same: he was a US citizen who had his 4th amendments violated! Change the story or headline for your own taste, it does NOT take away the fact that an innocent US citizen was arrested, humilitated and jailed for no goddamned reason! there was NO probable cause. If so, point it out to me! You're a moron. Why was he pulled over!!???

        • sngfx

          Alright, let me make this quick: I was responding solely to your contention that this arrest had anything to do with Arizona's law or the state's law enforcement; it did not.

  • mtlaurie

    HUH?? There was legal immigration when whites came to the US when they kicked the native indians off their land???? If there is legal immigration already, why doesn't this GOP man produce it, so we can all look at it. What a moron!!

  • syrnomad

    Only the extremely stupid would think that this has anything to do with Arizona's new law. First off, that law isn't set to begin being enforced for a while yet, and second, Immigration is the organization that did it, not local police. Third, the law clearly states that the local police powers need to have “reason to believe” that someone is here illegally. Skin color is never sufficient reason for that and the governor has stated flat-out that the law is not to be used in that manner. ALL the current law does is duplicate federal laws that already existed, make being here illegally a state crime, and give the police the authority to actually, y'know, investigate and enforce those laws…which is kinda their job anyway.

    You have to be a real douchebag and terrorist sympathizer to be against securing our borders.

  • http://xn--bergeek-m2a.myopenid.com/ Amazed

    And, finally (to expand on syrnomad's points), a driver's license is sufficient proof of status. Unlike the federal laws, Arizona's law is far more lenient. But hey, don't let the facts get in the way of a good populist rant. How else will the journalists get their Democratic brothers to the polls this fall?

  • lynnda37

    McCain said if he gets re-elected he will secure the borders and put up a fence well guess what Johnny you are elected and have been for about 30 some years, why don't you do something now why wait? Or is it just more of your political B.S.?

  • rannan3

    This rag can't wait for examples to bash AZ regarding their new law.

    So they use an example of ICE — operating using standard ICE's policies and link it to AZ's new law — which isn't even in effect yet.

    Secure the borders ! THEN we can work on comprehensive immigration reform , not before !

    Until then, if you're of Hispanic descent, laminate a copy of your birth certificate
    and carry it with you. End of problem.

    But there are many who choose to make this more of a problem than it need be — at the top of that list is our President, Attorney General, and Secretary of Homeland Security. AND John Tomasic ! Shame on all of you.

  • CindyBP

    Wow. I wish they would ask for the president's birth certificate.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/LSPRK44ERU7GWKYG326WUXMWMI Ken

    Keep up the great work. The law enforcement officers should do that more often. It might put the fear of God in these ILLEGAL ALIENS! If we do it to ourselves, then we can do it to each and every ILLEGAL ALIENS!

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