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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

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

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

Liz Mathis
By Lynda Waddington | 11.08.11

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

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PR: Nation should work to address veterans’ challenges

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

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

PR: Honoring veterans, help in hiring

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

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

PR: In honor of America’s veterans

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

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

PR: Honoring and supporting our nation’s veterans

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

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

Grassley supports review of 14th Amendment

By Jason Hancock | 08.04.10 | 8:00 am


U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, has joined the list of Republicans who support a review of “birthright citizenship.” The group — which thus far includes GOP Sens. Mitch McConnell, John McCain, Tom Coburn, John Kyl and Lindsey Graham — want to look into changing the Constitution’s 14th Amendment to remove automatic citizenship for children born in the United States.

The argument goes that the amendment’s intent was not to grant citizenship to children born in the U.S. whose parents entered the country illegally. Kyle told CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday, “There is a constitutional provision in the 14th Amendment that has been interpreted to provide that, if you are born in the United States, you are a citizen no matter what. … And so the question is, if both parents are here illegally, should there be a reward for their illegal behavior?”

In an e-mail to The Iowa Independent, Grassley Communications Director Jill Kozeny said Grassley believes the amendment should be reconsidered, especially if the push continues for comprehensive immigration reform. But she stopped short of saying whether he would ultimately support changes.

For the past few years, Sen. Grassley has told constituents he’s concerned about the number of births in the United States by illegal immigrants wanting only to secure citizenship and benefits, and that he’d consider legislation to clarify the 14th amendment, especially if a comprehensive immigration bill is put forward.  He’d agree that a hearing with legal experts and other parties of interest would help determine if changes are warranted.

There are several clauses in the 14th Amendment. Here is the text of the “Citizenship Clause,” which is the portion in question:

Section 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

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  • dfflick

    Where would this line be theoretically drawn? Almost all of us would then have questionable citizenship, as the descendants of non-natural residents; multitudes of folks came here and didn't become naturalized (Polish, Irish, Czech, among others), but their children were Americans by birth.

  • Chris Shira

    That's fine, let them review it as long as they review the 2nd amendment at the same time. Grassley once again fails his constituents.

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