immigration en Politicians Weigh In On Immigrant Children <p>More than 52,000 have crossed the southern border since October and US politicians are having trouble finding solutions and the right rhetoric.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:06:17 +0000 Ben Stanton & Clare Roth 44200 at Politicians Weigh In On Immigrant Children Bradstad Defends Stance on Immigrant Children <p>Governor Terry Branstad is defending his reluctance to grant asylum to unaccompanied children fleeing extreme violence in Central America.</p><p>"It would be wrong for us to send a signal that if you come here illegally, we're just gonna disperse you throughout the country and you don't have to go home."</p><p>Social justice advocate Connie Ryan Terrell of the Interfaith Alliance of Iowa says many in Iowa’s faith community are disappointed with Branstad's decision, since the state has a history of welcoming immigrants.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:22:30 +0000 Sarah Boden 44053 at Bradstad Defends Stance on Immigrant Children Politics Day: From the Gaza Strip to the U.S. Border <p>Ten years ago, it was wildly controversial to talk about psychological differences between liberals and conservatives. Today’s that’s changed.</p><p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 20:11:45 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Emily Woodbury 43848 at Politics Day: From the Gaza Strip to the U.S. Border Politics Day: International Developments <p>The Obama administration is asking for #3.7 billion in emergency funds from Congress to address the flood of unaccompanied children coming illegally into the U.S.</p><p>Today on <em>River to River</em>, we talk about the politics behind this latest chapter in the immigration debate. Also, our guests analyze the latest developments in the Middle East, Ukraine and the disputed presidential election in Afghanistan.</p><p></p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 22:21:06 +0000 Ben Kieffer 43485 at Politics Day: International Developments News Buzz: Iowa's VA Hospitals, Recapping the GOP Primary Debate, Court Reporters <p>Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki&nbsp;has resigned his post in the wake of a series of scandals at Veterans Affairs hospitals across the country. During this News Buzz edition of River to River, Ben Kieffer talks with Des Moines Register Health Care Reporter Tony Leys about how the announcement could affect Iowa's VA hospitals. <a href="" target="_blank">He also tells us about a possibly mismanaged case at the Iowa City VA</a>.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 30 May 2014 18:59:19 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Lindsey Moon 41479 at News Buzz: Iowa's VA Hospitals, Recapping the GOP Primary Debate, Court Reporters Do You Live Along I-35? <p>New York Times reporter Damien Cave and photographer Todd Heisler are spending the summer driving <a href="" target="_blank">north along Interstate 35</a>. Why? They're hoping to paint a picture of how immigration is transforming communities along that route. Cave is normally based in Mexico City, Mexico and says in the week they’ve spent traveling north through Texas, they’re already hearing drastically different ideas about immigration and Mexican culture has changed certain communities in the United States.</p> Thu, 29 May 2014 22:34:19 +0000 Ben Kieffer 41445 at Do You Live Along I-35? Learning English in Iowa <p>Iowa schools are becoming more diverse, and English Language Learning services are in greater need. &nbsp;Districts are trying to adapt, and the Iowa legislature has&nbsp;some ideas for addressing the issue. Mon, 03 Mar 2014 21:13:31 +0000 Clay Masters & Katherine Perkins 37018 at Learning English in Iowa Invasive Species: Air and Water <p>The Emerald Ash Borer is spreading through Iowa. &nbsp;It has now been found in Burlington. &nbsp;Hear how the insect spreads and what is being done about it. &nbsp;New rules are in effect for boaters on Iowa's waterways aimed at preventing the spread of invasive plants and animals.</p><p>Also, in the second half of the program, we talk about a Cuban baseball player that defected to the U.S. while in Des Moines. &nbsp;And we wrap up the hour with a discussion about the weather and how Iowa's crops are reacting.</p><p></p> Thu, 18 Jul 2013 21:04:26 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Ben Stanton 24236 at Invasive Species: Air and Water Politics Day <p>About half of Americans say the leak of classified information dealing with NSA surveillance serves the public interest.&nbsp; Slightly more say that whistleblower&nbsp; Edward Snowden should face prosecution. Host Ben Kieffer examines this split in public opinion and the claims that this surveillance has foiled dozens of terrorist plots.&nbsp; Also analysis of the G-8 summit and the implications of a U.S. Supreme Court decision on voting rights.</p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 20:38:52 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Katherine Perkins 22717 at Politics Day Postville, Iowa then and now <p>Five years ago, on May 12, 2008, Postville's kosher meat packing plant was the site the largest immigration raid in Iowa history. Iowa Public Radio's Pat Blank talks with some of those who were there then and&nbsp;who are still there now</p><p></p> Fri, 10 May 2013 00:30:02 +0000 Pat Blank 20529 at Postville, Iowa then and now Postville, Five Years Later <p>On May 12, 2008 U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement descended on Agriprocessors, a kosher meatpacking plant in Postville, IA.&nbsp; The raid resulted in the deportation of over 300 individuals—the largest immigration raid in Iowa’s history.&nbsp; River to River looks back on the raid to examine how its affected the community of Postville and the families who were torn apart five years ago.&nbsp; Also, what can be learned from Postville that can inform understanding on comprehensive immigration reform?</p> Tue, 07 May 2013 19:06:12 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Sarah Boden 20384 at Postville, Five Years Later Legislative Preview: 03/11/13 <p></p><p>Statehouse Correspondent Joyce Russell joins IPR "Morning Edition" Host Sarah McCammon for a preview of this week's Iowa legislative news.</p> Mon, 11 Mar 2013 12:04:44 +0000 Sarah McCammon & Joyce Russell 17498 at Legislative Preview: 03/11/13 Bill Advances for Dreamer Tuition <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>A Democrat-dominated panel in the Iowa Senate has &nbsp;signed off on a bill to give certain young immigrants a break if they want to attend an Iowa &nbsp;community college or Regents University.&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;The bill would mandate &nbsp;in-state tuition for so-called dreamers, young people who were brought to the United States as children by undocumented parents, and who have attended Iowa primary and secondary schools.&nbsp; &nbsp;In the meantime, &nbsp;the Regents &nbsp;universities say at least some dreamers are already claiming&nb Wed, 06 Mar 2013 15:04:43 +0000 Joyce Russell 17275 at Bill Advances for Dreamer Tuition Undocumented Immigrants at University <p></p><p>Two young Mexican immigrants living in a small northeast Iowa town are defying the odds by&nbsp; pursuing degrees &nbsp;from the University of Northern Iowa.&nbsp;Because they are undocumented they are working their way through college without the help of student loans or other benefits of citizenship.&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;A new Obama administration order granting them temporary work permits is helping to ease the &nbsp;way.</p> Fri, 11 Jan 2013 00:04:42 +0000 Joyce Russell 13358 at Undocumented Immigrants at University Immigrant Licenses Denied <p></p><p>The Director of the Iowa Department of Transportation was in the hot seat at the statehouse. &nbsp; Critics turned out to rally against the DOT’s recent policy decision denying&nbsp; driver’s licenses&nbsp; for young undocumented immigrants in Iowa.&nbsp;&nbsp; That’s even though the Obama administration recently approved work permits for immigrants who were brought into the U.S. as children years ago. &nbsp;</p> Thu, 10 Jan 2013 12:46:43 +0000 Joyce Russell 13315 at Immigrant Licenses Denied Immigrants Living in Iowa <p>Reports say that the White House plans to start a push towards comprehensive immigration reform this month. Ben Kieffer speaks with immigrants who have come to our state about the challenges they faced moving to Iowa from another country - finding work, a new life, putting down new roots in Iowa's communities, and the <a href="" target="_blank">Immigrant Voices Project</a>.</p><p></p> Tue, 08 Jan 2013 19:09:28 +0000 Ben Kieffer 13009 at Immigrants Living in Iowa Non-Citizen Voter Purge Debated at Public Hearing <p></p><p></p><p>Citizens throughout Iowa gathered&nbsp; by video-conference Thursday for a Des Moines-based public hearing to voice their opinion on Secretary of State Matt Schultz’s proposed voter purge rule. The proposal would allow the removal of voters from registration rolls if citizenship can’t be proven. The rule has drawn fire from civil rights and immigrants’-rights groups who say it would intimidate new citizens from voting.</p> Fri, 04 Jan 2013 21:05:44 +0000 Clare Roth 12897 at Non-Citizen Voter Purge Debated at Public Hearing No Iowa driver's licenses for unauthorized immigrants granted deferred action <p></p><p>The Iowa Department of Transportation says it will not issue driver's licenses or state identification cards&nbsp;to&nbsp;undocumented immigrants who have been&nbsp;granted deferred action by the Obama administration because they came to the United States as kids.</p><p>In Iowa almost 5,000 young immigrants—mostly of Mexican descent—have been granted temporary deferred action by the Obama administration. This means they can stay in the country, but after this ruling from the DOT, they can’t drive or receive a state ID in Iowa.</p> Thu, 27 Dec 2012 22:52:16 +0000 Sandhya Dirks 12586 at No Iowa driver's licenses for unauthorized immigrants granted deferred action Hob Nailed Boots Irish theatre troupe <p>At the invitation of Iowa’s Poet Laureate Mary Swander, who is of Irish ancestry, the theatre troupe, Hob Nailed Boots of Renvyle, Ireland,&nbsp; is visiting the state giving dramatic recitals from works about the Aran Islands, the Irish famine, and immigration. We reached the troupe’s Sean Coyne from his home in Renvyle.&nbsp; Coyne says audiences are in for an emotional experience…</p><p>Hob Nailed Boots Theatre Tour of 3 Plays</p><p>Performed by Sean Coyne and Tegolin Knowland, written by Eamon Grennan</p> Sun, 14 Oct 2012 14:50:48 +0000 Julie Englander 9356 at Iowa Secretary of State Checking Voter Rolls for Non-Citizen Immigrants <p>Iowa&rsquo;s Republican Secretary of State Matt Schultz&nbsp; hopes to match&nbsp; Iowa voter registration lists&nbsp; against a federal database to purge non-citizens from the rolls.&nbsp;&nbsp; Critics&nbsp; call it&nbsp; a solution in search of a problem.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Fri, 20 Jul 2012 11:27:34 +0000 Joyce Russell 4990 at Iowa Secretary of State Checking Voter Rolls for Non-Citizen Immigrants