2013 has been a busy year for Iowa Public Radio's news team. Today on River to River, host Ben Kieffer talks with reporters and correspondents about some of the most meaningful and challenging stories they covered. It's a "reporter's notebook" edition of the show.
Here is a list of the full features heard on today's show:
The Director of the Iowa Department of Transportation was in the hot seat at the statehouse. Critics turned out to rally against the DOT’s recent policy decision denying driver’s licenses for young undocumented immigrants in Iowa. That’s even though the Obama administration recently approved work permits for immigrants who were brought into the U.S. as children years ago.
Sandhya Dirks reports the Iowa DOT won't give driver's licenses to unauthorized immigrants granted deferred action by the federal government
The Iowa Department of Transportation says it will not issue driver's licenses or state identification cards to undocumented immigrants who have been granted deferred action by the Obama administration because they came to the United States as kids.
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.