DES MOINES, Iowa — Gubernatorial candidate Jack Hatch is questioning Gov. Terry Branstad’s stance on illegal immigration.
Earlier this week Branstad stated he has empathy for the thousands of illegal immigrant children crossing the border, but says they shouldn’t be sent to Iowa.
Hatch disagrees. He’s organizing a nonpartisan group called the Iowa Coalition of Mercy. His goal is to identify ways Iowans can help immigrant children coming across the border.
Hatch says the effort could include, “Housing the children here, or providing food, medicine, and supplies to other locations.” Hatch tells us, “This isn’t about immigration politics, it’s about children who need to be fed.”