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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

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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.

Branstad’s call to deny education to illegal immigrant children gets national attention

By Jason Hancock | 09.02.10 | 9:30 am

Photo: Dave Davidson,

Republican gubernatorial hopeful Terry Branstad‘s position on immigration “goes further than other GOP candidates” around the country, according to Politico reporter Carrie Budoff Brown.

In an interview earlier this summer with WHO-AM’s Jan Mickelson, Branstad said a U.S. Supreme Court decision that mandated states provide access to public education to the children of illegal immigrants should be overturned.

“I just think the decision is bad, it’s not a good decision and it should be overturned,” Branstad said.

Gubernatorial hopefuls around the country are running on strict anti-immigrant platforms, pledging to sign an array of tough enforcement measures into law come January, Brown reports. Of the 37 states with campaigns for governor, 20 have a Republican candidate who endorses adopting immigration laws similar to the controversial legislation passed in Arizona. But thus far, it appears only Tom Tancredo in Colorado — who is running a third-party bid — has publicly advocated for a position similar to Branstad’s on public education.

From Politico:

Taking a position that goes further than other GOP candidates, former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, who is trying to unseat the Democratic governor, said a longstanding Supreme Court decision that forced states to educate the children of illegal immigrants should be overturned.

And when people are stopped for a criminal or traffic violation, they should be detained and turned over to the federal government if they can’t prove their legal status, Branstad has said.

“Iowans are frustrated,” Branstad spokesman Tim Albrecht said. “Either we are going to enforce the laws or we are not going to enforce the laws, and Governor Branstad is on the side of wanting to enforce those laws.”

Branstad wants to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court case of Plyer v. Doe, a 1982 decision that struck down a Texas statute denying funding for education to children who were illegal immigrants. The court found that the policy was in violation of the Fourteenth Amendment, as immigrant children are people “in any ordinary sense of the term,” and therefore had protection from discrimination unless a substantial state interest could be shown to justify it.

Branstad’s position was greeted with outrage by immigrants-rights activists, who said denial of things like basic education, police protection and emergency health care to any segment of society has ripple effects for everyone.

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  • mariaconz

    Personally, I can't think of a better idea than to deny public education to the children of illegal immigrants. That way we continue to build a large, uneducated population of voters like the ones we have now, including those who would vote for a man like Terry Branstad and western Iowa's very own xenophobic, Steve King.

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