DES MOINES, Iowa–Staci Appel, the Democratic nominee for Iowa’s Third Congressional District, wouldn’t say whether some of the tens of thousands of Central American children dumped at the U.S. border should at some point be able to come to Iowa.
The White House estimates 57,000 children have been dropped at the U.S./Mexican border since last October, most from Central American countries like Honduras and Guatemala, where widespread poverty and drug violence plague communities.
Appel expressed empathy for the children involved but said the federal authorities first need to investigate the circumstances of the children. She said, “I’m thinking as a mom it’s terrifying for some of the children to be there and be alone.” But she added, “We have to work through the processes, the procedures of how it works to find out who they are and why they’re here.”
Appel will sit down Sunday morning for the first time since she became her party’s nominee on Channel 13’s “The Insiders”.
She weighs in on these topics:
–Why she believes President Obama is so unpopular in the state.
–Why she argues that she is better suited for Congress than her Republican challenger, David Young, Senator Chuck Grassley’s former chief of staff.
–Appel also takes the Insiders Quick 6. Among her rapid fire questions she has to answer: whether she is already backing Hillary Clinton for president in 2016, her financial advice to people (she used to be a financial consultant) and the best skill being a mother to six has taught her.