A new report says President Obama’s executive action on immigration likely won’t have a huge impact on Midwest agriculture.
Stephanie Mercier, who wrote the report for the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, says the presidential order does not address the needs of Midwest employers. They often want year-round temporary workers, something current law does not permit.
In a dimly-lit lab on the Des Moines public schools’ agricultural science campus, students in aprons, safety goggles and plastic gloves poke and probe chicken wings. About 15 girls and just one boy in this vet careers class are looking for ligaments, tendons, cartilage and other features of this animal part that teenagers more often experience cooked and covered in barbecue sauce.
Governor Terry Branstad is defending his reluctance to grant asylum to unaccompanied children fleeing extreme violence in Central America.
"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."
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.
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.
Today on River to River, 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.
Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki 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. He also tells us about a possibly mismanaged case at the Iowa City VA.
New York Times reporter Damien Cave and photographer Todd Heisler are spending the summer driving north along Interstate 35. 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.
On a strict party-line vote, the Iowa Senate approved legislation backers say will help crack down on employers who stiff workers for their wages. Lawmakers say they hear often from immigrant workers in particular in construction and other industries who say they did the work for contractors but didn’t get paid. Some employers tell a different story.
Iowa schools are becoming more diverse, and English Language Learning services are in greater need. Districts are trying to adapt, and the Iowa legislature has some ideas for addressing the issue. On this Legislative Day River to River program, guests include Des Moines Senator Janet Petersen, Council Bluffs Representative Mary Ann Hanusa, Legislative Analyst for the Urban Education Network Margaret Buckton, English Language Learners Program Coordinator for the Des Moines Public Schools Vinh Nguyen, and Director of Refugee Services at Lutheran Services in Iowa Nick Wuertz.
The novel Lebanese Blonde transports readers to Little Syria, a neighborhood in Toledo, Ohio that is populated by immigrants and first generation Arab Americans. In his first novel, short story writer Joseph Geha shows us our world as it is seen through the eyes of people who came here looking for new opportunities for a new life.
The original broadcast of this interview aired on February 4, 2013
Host Ben Kieffer sits down with Congressman Dave Loebsack from Iowa’s 2nd District to discuss his thoughts on a potential a military strike on Syria, the stalled Farm Bill, immigration reform, and the next debt ceiling.
The Emerald Ash Borer is spreading through Iowa. It has now been found in Burlington. Hear how the insect spreads and what is being done about it. New rules are in effect for boaters on Iowa's waterways aimed at preventing the spread of invasive plants and animals.
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. And we wrap up the hour with a discussion about the weather and how Iowa's crops are reacting.
About half of Americans say the leak of classified information dealing with NSA surveillance serves the public interest. Slightly more say that whistleblower 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. Also analysis of the G-8 summit and the implications of a U.S. Supreme Court decision on voting rights.
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 who are still there now
On May 12, 2008 U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement descended on Agriprocessors, a kosher meatpacking plant in Postville, IA. The raid resulted in the deportation of over 300 individuals—the largest immigration raid in Iowa’s history. 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. Also, what can be learned from Postville that can inform understanding on comprehensive immigration reform?
A Democrat-dominated panel in the Iowa Senate has signed off on a bill to give certain young immigrants a break if they want to attend an Iowa community college or Regents University. The bill would mandate 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. In the meantime, the Regents universities say at least some dreamers are already claiming status as Iowa residents.
President Obama laid out a vision for the country in his State of the Union address last night. River to River analyzes that vision and the political obstacles in the president's way. Donna Hoffman from the University of Northern Iowa and Steffen Schmidt from Iowa State University join the conversation.
The new novel Lebanese Blonde transports readers to Little Syria, a neighborhood in Toledo, Ohio that is populated by immigrants and first generation Arab Americans. In his first novel, short story writer Joseph Geha shows us our world as it is seen through the eyes of people who came here looking for new opportunities for a new life.
Two young Mexican immigrants living in a small northeast Iowa town are defying the odds by pursuing degrees from the University of Northern Iowa. Because they are undocumented they are working their way through college without the help of student loans or other benefits of citizenship. A new Obama administration order granting them temporary work permits is helping to ease the way.
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.
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 Immigrant Voices Project.
Citizens throughout Iowa gathered 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.
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.
At the invitation of Iowa’s Poet Laureate Mary Swander, who is of Irish ancestry, the theatre troupe, Hob Nailed Boots of Renvyle, Ireland, 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. Coyne says audiences are in for an emotional experience…
Hob Nailed Boots Theatre Tour of 3 Plays
Performed by Sean Coyne and Tegolin Knowland, written by Eamon Grennan
Oct. 15, 7:00 P.M. Hearst Center for the Arts, Cedar Falls, IA Emigration Road