Illegal Immigrant Children Placed In Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa — Just days after Governor Terry Branstad said illegal immigrant children at the center of the southern border crisis are not welcome in Iowa, we find out some are already here.

In an e-mail response to our questions about illegal immigrants being placed in Iowa, Kenneth Wolfe with the U.S. Department of Health and Human services wrote: “To clarify, there have been 122 minors discharged from the unaccompanied alien children program and placed with sponsors in Iowa between January 1 and June 30, 2014.”

Wolfe did not respond to an e-mail requesting specific information about where the children were taken, why state leaders were not notified, and what the future plans are for the care of the children.

The governor’s office says no one from the Obama administration is answering their questions.

“Due to the uncertainty and lack of transparency from the Obama administration regarding their immigration crisis at the southern border it did come as a surprise that now they’re saying that in fact there are 122 placements in the state of Iowa,” said Jimmy Centers, a spokesman for the Governor.

According to Senator Chuck Grassley’s office, 139 illegal immigrant children have been sent to Iowa. The governor’s office is trying to figure out exactly how many children are here, where they are staying and where they are from. “We’re concerned about the lack of clarity from the Obama administration.” Centers added, “We’re looking for more information. We’re seeking that information so that we might be able to move forward.”

Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie says the children would be welcome here. Cownie says he would be willing to work with the city’s faith based community, healthcare providers, educators and the Latino community to give the children a temporary place to live. “What are the resources in our city that are available to maybe help with that process and give people a shelter and clothing and food and whatever it is that we can do to help people clearly in need,” Cownie said.

114 comments

  • Troy Hendrickson

    Someone forgot to tell Branstad and Grassley it’s none of their business what private citizens do, or who they open there homes to.

    Maybe he should call his church leaders and have them clarify what Jesus said about phony hypocrites who seek to harm children as he has. Arrogant little monkey that he is.

    • Sue

      Troy, our country and state cannot afford the American born, parasitic freeloaders that we currently have on Medicaid, Title 19, WIC, etc.
      So Troy, how can we possibly afford the importation of thousands of illegal aliens? Where will the money come from? Who will pay for them and the services they sign up for?
      As noble as your cause sounds, the facts are the facts. Our country simply cannot afford it.

      • mark goodman

        Because of the low birth rate in this country, many towns a cities in Iowa are dying because only old people are left in them. We desperately need younger people to move in, work, buy houses, raise families, pay taxes. These children coming from Central America will be a blessing and a God-send for this state.

      • Jess

        IF they were educated, willing to work, and had immunizations, maybe Iowa would need them. Iowa doe NOT need a bunch of children who can’t speak English, are carrying diseases and vermin and won’t add to our labor force.
        Come in LEGALLY if you want to be here.
        Where does it end. We say we HAVE to take these children because conditions are bad in their country. (there are already a lot of people in this country living in alley ways and homeless shelters that we can’t take care of). Do we bring in ALL civilians from EVERY country where there is war or gangs or drugs or any other ‘bad’ living conditions???

      • Megan

        I am getting so tired of so many of you, many I believe the Republicans, saying that we need to take care of our own first. If Republicans stop cutting funding for social reforms, then you can say that.

      • Jess

        Megan, I am not a Republican or a Democrat. I consider myself Conservative. I want to keep as much of the money that I earned as I can. I want to decide how/where it gets spent, not the government. I do consider myself a good Christian. I also consider myself a good mother. I had children I could afford. I didn’t bring children into a dangerous, war torn, drug addled society. Yes, parts of the U.S. are about like that, but, I don’t live there. I have done everything I can to keep my kids safe. I want them to have a strong U.S. to grow up in, not one full of people who can’t (or wont’) learn the language, don’t want jobs, want to bring their drug gangs here, and want to kill each other.

      • Troy Hendrickson

        It’s not a matter of we can’t, it’s a matter of we don’t want to, at least be honest about it.

        But man did you folks want them when all it meant was cheap goods and landscaping.

      • No More Tea Bags

        Jesus would tell them to, “Go! Go! Go back to where you came… to be possible raped, or murdered,… Go! Go! Before I bring down hell fire down upon your heads!” Sad little people you all are.

      • Troy Hendrickson

        Ahh so the corrupt, hypocritical laws of mortal men trump what the Lord asked us to do? Tell me, why even mention the Bible, just make your own, it’s what you’re doing any way.

    • Mary Miller

      You’ve forgotten people who come here without documentation are a lot of people’s business.
      You’re the hypocrite to use religion for the agenda. Arrogant are you to ignore helping children out of high crime, sex trafficking, extreme poverty areas of the US.

    • Michelle Harte

      Our country is based on laws sir and a division of church and state. Illegals are illegal (like cocaine) and have no rights. I hope MS13 moves right next to you with their drugs and weapons, perhaps you can give them a Bible? You make Jesus look like some kind of moron that supports people breaking the law.

    • Matthew Clemens

      How many of these children have YOU taken into your home Troy? It certainly IS Branstad and Grassley’s business where these ILLEGAL children are at. They need to be deported back to where they came from!!!

      • Troy Hendrickson

        Already have the inquiry out about taking some of them in Matthew, you apparently don;t realize that there are in fact people and churches out there who actually do try to do what they were asked to. Maybe you should find one?

      • Jess

        They are breaking the law, period, end of sentence. We, as a country, cannot afford to take in every poor person from every less then perfect country. We have a lot of poor people here. We have a lot of people here who are losing their homes. We have a lot of gangs here. If our country was perfect, I’d be a lot more open to taking in everyone else’s unfortunates. We have too many of our own to take care of already.

      • Alexis

        Before I get to any of my personal opinions on the matter. I have few things to say to Jess first… To start off with, you are either the greatest troll on this comment board or the most spectacularly stupid woman here. I’m giving you the benefit of the doubt and assuming your the former. First and foremost I hold no illusions that some of the older children that have come into our fair state probably have gang affiliations. With that being said have you ever thought that fact might be why they came here, to escape the gangs? Again, i’ll give you the benefit of the doubt and assume it has.
        In terms of how they can afford to pay coyotes, there are several possibilities and most are less the clean for lack of better terms. One way is that the parents scrimp and save what money they can over several years, decades even, to pay a coyote. If the child is on his/her own they might beg for money. Another possibility is that the family has taken out a loan with a loan shark. Of course there is the always the less commendable option of selling drugs or prostituting themselves to get the money as well. Some might not even pay coyotes and face the dangers of crossing over alone. Case in point there are many different ways a family can “afford” to send their kid to cross the boarder.
        I’ve also noticed that you use the most egregious stereotype of immigrants imaginable. When I read most of your posts Images of a buff ramboesque 10 year old holding a uzi in each had, dressed in combat boots, camo pants and a black tank top, dance into my head…. This relates back the fact you think the majority of the kids want to come in for the drug cartels. Mind you I do realize a few of them might be doing just that, I highly doubt the a majority are. Speaking of at least one reason why they might be here have you by any chance gone to them and asked why they came? What possessed them to leave the only life they have ever known and what, my hope and guess, is a loving family? I sincerely doubt you have or that you really even care to find out.
        Truth be told the only thing I can discern from most of your posts is that you view the world solely in black and white… it is illegal, therefor it is wrong. Stop and close your eyes. Let your mind drift for a moment. Then imagine yourself and your family homeless. No matter hard you try, beg, and plead, you can’t seem to get any assistance from anyone. Finally one person approaches you and tells you that no one is going to help you because its obviously your fault you and your family are homeless. Night is falling, you have no place to go, no safe place to sleep and your children are hungry. You’er getting desperate, seeking any thing that can help make your situation a little easier. You see a full trash can, you could look in it to see if there is anything to eat but your pride gets the better of you. Instead your eyes fall upon a 24 hour convenience store… the only problem is that you don’t have money. Your youngest child starts to complain of a tummy ache, more then likely cause by not having anything to eat all day. You keep eyeing the convenience store thing you might be able to beg enough that the clerk would have pity on you, but a small voice in the back of your head echos out an early sentiment, “no one will help you because it your own fault.” you find your self walking into the shop. The shop keeper looks up from behind the counter and greets you. You do your best to smile and act normal. You wander around the small shop taking things in. soon you find yourself with a loaf of bread and some cheap lunch meat packets in your hand. you start walking to the counter when a cop on the late shift comes in to refill his coffee. You hesitate for a moment and pretend to look at chips while the cop and clerk chat for a moment before cop goes to refill his travel mug. It’s now or never. you walk toward the counter with the smiling clerk. Before you know it there is shouting, and you are running out the door bread and meat in hand. You hear the clerk yelling for the cop who is now charging after you like hes trying to win the super bowl. You manage to make it back where your kids are waiting for you only to turn around and look down the barrel of glock while there is and officer of the law yelling at you to get down on the ground. Your children come out hesitantly from behind dumpster. Your oldest inquires as to what is going on. You’er cotton mouthed now. Thoughts start swimming in your head. “What have I done?” “whats going to happen to my family?”, “how am I going to explain this to the kids?”, “Why wont anyone help us?” and them a little voice reminds you. “Its your fault. All of this is your fault. You, and you alone, got yourself into this situation.” for a brief moment, which seem more like an eternity, there is a deafening silence. “Why does the police man have his gun out mom?” your youngest inquires… It is the moment of truth, the moment when you have to confess your sin and stand in judgement of all present. Your head has been swimming fast as you try to think of a way to answer that you haven’t noticed the officer holstered his weapon. “Your mom and I were just playing cowboys and Indians little guy, She’s an old friend from way back” You cant believe what you are hear. You don’t know this man at all and are caught off guard by his response. Your children are looking to you for confirmation of this to which your quickly respond with a nod. “your mom brought you stuff for sandwiches.” the officer chimes in. Your kids quickly converge on the bread and meat. While the kids are feasting the officers pulls you aside. “I could arrest you. I could haul your ass to jail. I would be well within my right to, but that wont solve anything will it? it will only create more problems, for you and your family.” With that the officer hand you a $20 bill and tells you he will pay for what you took and smooth everything over with the shopkeeper. You’er dumbfound, still, after being told its all your fault for your current situation and that you would never see help because of it. Someone decided to look past the surface to see that there was more going on beneath and for that you are thankful. So now the dream ends and so too must the dreamers in it. The point of this story was to hopefully get you to realize that there is a grey area to situation like the one mentioned above and to the situation of the immigrant children. As for the parents on the other side, its unrealistic to say they just need stop having kids. there are two main points to that. 1) to stop having kids they would have to stop having sex. To stop having sex they would have to ignore intense biological urges. Yes those urges… and I already know you have had those urges given that fact you have kids they are very hard to ignore. This point actually leads nicely into the next point. 2) lack of contraception use. This is due, more then likely, to two main reasons. The first reason being that contraceptives may not be easily accessible to the couple, either they can not afford them or they have no way of getting them. Reason two…Religion… lets face it the overwhelming majority of people in south american are roman catholic and we all know where the church stands on the use of contraception.
        Wow that was a mouthful… moving on. As far as I’ve noted, the last thing I will touch on, is your frankly disturbing delusion that your kids are going to be A) in greater danger from infectious disease from immigrant children being in school with them, and B) that your kids will miss out on opportunities because we allowed the immigrant children to stay. Let address the easy one first shall we. In order for a child to enroll in public school especially at the younger ages, the have to meet certain requirements. you can find out more about said requirement by visiting this link http://www.nvic.org/Vaccine-Laws/state-vaccine-requirements/iowa.aspx. Now as far as point B goes have you ever stopped to consider the old adage “when one door closes another opens.” First off meeting and befriending someone from a foreign land is a opportunity in and of itself. You are introduced to a new culture, way of thing, and way of life. A new chance to learn more about the big world around you. As far as your example of using money for ESL teachers which could be used for other this like safe building…Just remember there are certain codes and standards buildings have to maintain to be considered safe. Also as far as the kid learning English, I’m pretty sure that it is A) something that can be taught outside the classroom (I.E. homeschooling) or b) by volunteering citizens and organization that can help get these acclimated to their new environment. Oh and before you assume they don’t want to to learn our language considered that fact that English takes a long while for most foreigners to get even the basics down and it can be very off-putting.
        So now that I think I’ve said everything it Jenn that I needed too I’ll go ahead and give my two cents. I bet all of you who read my full post think by now I’m pro letting the kids stay. You’er half right. Honestly I think if they can find a sponsor to raise them to adulthood then by all means, if not though send them back.

  • Megan

    Maybe some of you have forgotten, but these are children who have come from places that are so awful that their families sent them alone to another country hoping for a better life for them. Where is your compassion?

    • Robert

      Its not that I lack compassion, its the money that our country does not have?
      Don’t you have to balance your checkbook at the end of the month? The government cannot continue to spend more on entitlements that funds it takes in.
      How will you pay for these illegals?

      • Megan

        From another article I read (KCCI), most of the children are with relatives that are already in the state or with families who have opened theor homes to them. They are not in the ‘system’. We are losing our humanity as a society if we are not willing to help children in need.

      • Jess

        Ok, I have seen numbers that they are going to being in roughly 250,000 children. IF we let them stay, eventually, they will want there families here. That’s another 1,000,0000 (MILLION) people more or less. Do you honestly believe their families will keep supporting them totally? Or, do you think they will end up ‘in the system’? What about our over taxed schools? Most of these children do not speak English. Now we need to hire more ESL teachers. that takes away from the money that can be used for things that benefit ALL of the students, like safe buildings.

      • Bette

        So sick of the word entitlement, that is a talking point of the Right, has no basis in fact whatsoever. Maybe you should educate yourself on who receives food stamps and why. Most are the Working poor, who need a raise in the min. wage to make a decent living, almost a million are our Veterans, who we treat like crap when they get home, the rest are seniors and children. And yes you have a few who take advantage, but they cost much less, than the corporate welfare costs you. But you don’t complain about the big tax cuts for the rich, or the big subsidies to oil companies, or to corporations who pay no taxes, all supported by the Right. That cost you much more! And for those of you who say these children are illigally here, educate yourselves, they are not. And all the hype about being diseased is just plain BS, do your own research and quit with the talking points. And all the teenagers aren’t in gangs or bad kids, they just don’t want to be raped and murdered, and many want to join family already here for many years. But if that eases your conscience on sending them back, then I am sure you will keep spouting that talking point, which also has no basis in fact. Many on the Right claim to be so Christian , but when faced with a Christian choice, they love their pocketbooks more, and that is their right, but don’t try to justify it with all the BS talking points, or put people down who do have a heart and soul.

    • Beverly

      Where is your compassion for the thousands who are trying to get here legally? They’re from war torn, poverty stricken and sex trafficking countries.

      • Megan

        I have compassion for all people who are trying to male a better life for themselves, whether they are here legally or illegally. We are very lucky to have been born in this country and I will do whatever I can to help all that are in need.

      • Troy Hendrickson

        you mean the ones who don’t get in while a parade of people with money, usually borderline criminals because that’s how they got wealthy in their impoverished war torn countries, do? You should read how christian churches actually helped get the russian mafia established in the US.

    • No More Tea Bags

      You are the exception to the rule, kiddo. Just read more of these blogs concerning this subject on this station AND particularly on KCCI. The vast majority of commenters are self professed Christians, but….. their racism and ideology smothers any Christian ideals. Seriously. Reports about many of these CHILDREN being raped, murdered,… but according to these cretins, Jesus would tell them to, “Go! Go! Go back to where you came… to be possible raped, or murdered,… Go! Go! Before I bring down hell fire down upon your heads!”
      I know it sounds like an exaggeration, but just look at these posts, (particularly on KCCI; the Reicht wing is strong and proud there). These Teabugger lovers are some pathetic POS.

      • Megan

        Until today, I had never felt the need to comment on news articles but the posts here and on the KCCI article made me so irate. I’m not a religious person, but I can tell a real Christian from one who makes that claim falsely. Christ taught love and compassion, not hatebor “not my problem”.

      • Jess

        it’s not racism. If you are breaking the law, I don’t care what color you are, or where you are from, you need to be held accountable to the laws of the country you want to live in.
        I think it is absolutely ridiculous that as soon as you say that you don’t believe in allowing anyone to come here illegally, you are a racist. No, I believe in our laws. That’s like saying that I am a racist because I want to see someone who robbed a store sent to jail. They broke a law.

    • Beverly

      It is unjust to the children from other countries who don’t have someone to get them here, so they can live a better life. If you can get to the United States, you can stay. This is the way for years

    • Ashley

      I completely agree they are sent here so they can have better and be safer do you people not know of the issues in mexico right now seriously?! and they are children what if it was your position they are scared and defensless none the less not to mention EVERYBODY in this country came illegally one way or another so unless your native American shush it up

  • No More Tea Bags

    I serious love the fact that you fidiots have shown your true colors in two categories. (1)Christians, (particularly in THIS country), are shameless hypocrites about their faith; and (2) How deep seated the grip of racism, (even in Iowa, where we have a very small population of blacks and Hispanics compared to most other States), has on folks that are proud to proclaim their right to be ignorant.

    • Megan

      There are so many posts on this article and the one on KCCI that are peppered with bible verses backing up their ‘send them back home’ talk. That is not the true meaning of christianity. Makes me so irate!

    • Sam

      This is not a racist issue my friend. I don’t care if their black, white, yellow, striped or purple smurfs.
      We, as in our country, simply cannot afford more illegals on the government nipple. We are currently going bankrupt. These are the facts.
      Spend the money and send them back wherever they came from.

      • Jess

        Go Sam!!! You are so right! it is not the color, it is the legality and the reality. It’s illegal and we cannot afford it.

        Yo, NOMORETEABAGS, why don’t you head on over to the VA hospital, tell those veterans that fought for you and these other countries ‘Hey, no more meds for you, we’re bringing in every uneducated, poor kid from all over the country, it’s the right thing to do’.

        I’m tired of hearing ‘what would Jesus do’. Do you really think that Jesus would say ‘well, ok, we can only house and feed 5 of the 10 people here’. 5 of these people have always lived here, they’ve worked here, they’ve protected us, the other 5 just showed up. Let’s kick out the ones that have taken care of us, they’re old anyway, and keep the 5 new ones, even though those 5 will turn into 25 when they bring in their families’.

      • No More Tea Bags

        Oh, poor Jesse…. I AM A VET, mor0n. I’m at the VA at least 3 days a week, sometimes 5 days. When have you ever visited one? Have you EVER volunteered to help the VETS? I seriously doubt it. The vast majority of those guys wouldn’t p!ss on you if you were on fire.
        You need an education, or a serious beat down. I’d be willing to give you either, (or both).
        You just keep watching nothing but FauxNews and WND… they’ll tell you everything you want to hear, but none of it needs to be truthful. FauxNews was sued in 2002 for lying and manipulating facts. They were found GUILTY and a judgement set against them for $500,000, but the case was thrown out on appeal. Reason? FauxNews argued they had a Constitutional Right to lie and manipulate facts. The appeals court agreed. That was the day that only complete mental midgets kept believing anything on FauxNews. They told everyone that they will lie and manipulate you, but you fools still believe that they are actual telling the truth! THAT is what I call BIZARRO WORLD! Bwahahahahaha!

    • Paul

      Ignorant is hiding behind a fake name playing the race card every time you liberals can’t come up with a valid argument. Paul Orton

      • No More Tea Bags

        Crying “RACE CARD!” every time you fidiots get called out about being blatantly racist because there is no valid argument for fake Christian racists. Harry Moyer… Bea-Atch. I’m whiter than YOU are and I hear ALL the racist garbage from folks that will NEVER admit it because their COWARDS. It is NOT just a few, it’s a very large chunk of caucasians. I have more respect for an admittedly outspoken racist than the person that is ashamed of what he/she is. Now go peddle your papers…

  • Paul

    Megan…how many of the “relatives” are legal and not on the system themselves? My compassion is for the thousands of legal American kids who are starving and living on the streets…the veterans who are dying waiting for this stinking liberal administration to get them the medical help they deserve. Children belong with their parents, send them home now.

    • Megan

      Paul, don’t forget that Americans are, essentially, all the children of immigrants. We need to help our own, I agree, but helping pthers is part of what once made this country so great. And as onenof the best countries on this planet, we can afford to help others as well. We help these children to grow up into mature, responsoble, and educated adults who will give back to this country. Stop thinking about your wallet and start thinking about doing unto others as you would have them do unto you.

      • Paul

        I’m not thinking with my wallet, I’m thinking with my priorities. Would you let your family member starve to feed a friend? No Would you let a friend die to save a stranger? No

      • Megan

        Paul thats not how it works and you know it. These children are with relatives or families who have chosen to help. They are not taking food off your table. I’m beginning to think that you would walk past a starving child who is all alone on the street because they don’t speak English and have brown skin.

      • Paul

        There we go with the race card again. I’m saying Americans should come first…the last I knew, Americans came in every color.

      • Justice

        Yes, Megan, we can continue to afford the extra money for this as long as the Chinese keep lending it to us. How is is that you people keep forgetting that? I can barely afford to keep ends meet but my taxes keep going up and up. Then we keep borrowing more and more money from the Chinese. Are people not paying attention to what is really going on?

      • Megan

        don’t forget that these are children that we’re talking about here. Children who have been placed with relatives or families that are volunteering an opening their homes to them. They aren’t drug mules for adults were coming here to live off the system. Do you even realize how hard it is to get food stamps? They aren’t coming here to sponge.

      • Jess

        Megan – a lot these ‘children’ you are talking about are teens. Not cute little toddlers. it is quite possible that a lot of them already have gang affiliation. Where did these poor people come up with $7000 – 10000 PER PERSON to pay the coyotes to come across? I work full time, have for 30+ years, I don’t live extravagantly. I’d have a hard time coming up with that much cash. Do you suppose it’s possible that at least some of these teens are being sent here by the drug cartels and gangs to infiltrate new neighborhoods? I don’t know that of course, but, it would certainly explain where the money came from.

    • No More Tea Bags

      Oh Paul Ortin… you are a truly sad person. You should really feel shame, but I know it’s doubtful.
      I am a VET. I work for VETERANS, and help them get the care they need. I can tell you that it’s because of a bunch of traitorous Republicans. It is the TeaBaggers that is stopping the bill in committee that would, (1) hire more doctors and nurses, plus pay them a competitive wage; (2) Build a number of modern VA Hospitals and renovate even more than they already have. THAT is the foundational problem with being able to care for our VETERANS. MONEY. But you have a whole bunch of Republi-scumbags that say we can’t afford to take care of those that they had NO PROBLEM sending to Afghanistan. Or the ones we sent to Iraq on nothing but freaking LIES.
      So you just keep watching nothing but FauxNews and WND… they’ll tell you everything you want to hear, but none of it needs to be truthful. (FauxNews was sued in 2002 for lying and manipulating facts. They were found GUILTY, but the case was thrown out on appeal. Reason? FauxNews argued they had a Constitutional Right to lie and manipulate facts. The appeals court agreed. That was the day that only complete mental midgets would believed anything on FauxNews. They told everyone that they will lie to you, but you fools believe them! Bwahahahahaha!)

  • Megan

    Not to mention that as a parent, you would have to be in a pretty desperate situation to send your child thousands of miles to another country ALONE in the hopes that they may have a better life. Have some empathy.

  • Crystal

    I am originally from Iowa, but I now live in Arizona, maybe you bleeding hearts that are saying this is ok should come on down here to the border and check out how bad the situation really is, they are coming in in droves! You have no idea!

    • Megan

      have you ever stopped to think about why they might be coming over in droves? Have you ever thought about what life might be like for them there? Walk in their shoes and then you might understand.

      • Crystal

        but they are tearing our country apart and the United States are slowly becoming like the countries they are coming from, before long we wont have a choice but to be walking in their shoes we will be living it here! They need to stay in their own country and build theirs up not tear ours down open your eyes!

      • Megan

        Yes, lets send these CHILDREN back to their impverished, war torn, drug addled homes where they can surely grow up to bebproductive and contributing members of society and can fix their country. Like that will happen. Remember that most of us are here because of relatives that left their own abysmal conditions to come here hoping for a better life. Once again, show some compassion and do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

    • Jess

      would any of these other countries take our poor, helpless children in and feed, clothe, and medicate them like they are expecting us to do? Our infrastructure cannot afford to take care of every poor person from all over the world. Go to border towns. You will see hospitals that are closed, you will see schools that are over crowded and don’t have the supplies they need because they are over run with illegals. So….because we are a country where people have worked hard and built things up, we should run our country into the ground and make it the same cesspool these other people are coming from just for their sakes? Why not help those countries by sending aid or troops, whichever they need, to get their countries back in line. it would be cheaper in the long run, and better because now you would have improved the lives of all of the citizens there.

      • Bette

        Wow, please take some time to educate yourself to some facts, the children are not here illegally. Go read the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008, bipartisan and signed by GWB. Just because some are teenagers does not mean they are in gangs for crying out loud, they are no different than your children. They are coming here for a better life, to avoid being raped and murdered, and are willing to risk their lives to do so. And where do you get the idea they have diseases, oh yes, the talking points put out by the Right. Do your own research and find some truth instead of posting all the BS. I just hope your precious children grow up to be more open minded than you seem to be. In childens eyes they do not see color or ethnic background or legal or illegal, they see other children and can play and learn from each other. Too bad adults cannot be as open minded!

  • No More Tea Bags

    Jesus would tell them to, “Go! Go! Go back to where you came… to be possible raped, or murdered,… Go! Go! Before I bring down hell fire down upon your heads!” Sad little people.

      • No More Tea Bags

        You are absolutely Reicht! I would not, because I don’t believe in fairy tales. Fortunately I follow the New Testament, (technically The Good Samaritan), and it’s teachings more than most, and I don’t have to be a hypocrite. Anytime you’d like a lesson, lemme know.

      • No More Tea Bags

        Justice: (Blind, Deaf, Dumb)
        Yep, I’M “brainwashed”. :-D
        You just keep watching nothing but FauxNews and WND… they’ll tell you everything you want to hear, but none of it needs to be truthful. FauxNews was sued in 2002 for lying and manipulating facts. They were found GUILTY and awarded a judgement for 500,000, but the case was thrown out on appeal. Reason? FauxNews argued they had a Constitutional Right to lie and manipulate facts. The appeals court agreed. That was the day that only complete mental midgets kept believing anything on FauxNews. They told everyone that they will lie and manipulate you, but you fools still believe that they are actual telling the truth! THAT is what I call BIZARRO WORLD! Bwahahahahaha!

  • Linda

    We have our own people to take care of. People without homes, veterans on waiting lists, hungry children to soon be served breakfast and lunches for FREE through our own school systems. We need to be able to take care of our own before we try and take care of others. We are the only country with virtually no borders and bottomless pocketbooks. This has nothing to do with being Christian or not!!!!! Send them back, every single one of them!

    • Megan

      It breaks my heart that our society is losing its compassion and empathy for others. Who cares where they come from. They are children and they need our help.

    • No More Tea Bags

      You Teabugging fidiots don’t want to take care of our own people either!
      I am a VET. I work for VETERANS, and help them get the care they need. I can tell you that it’s because of a bunch of traitorous Republicans. It is the TeaBaggers that is stopping the bill in committee that would, (1) hire more doctors and nurses, plus pay them a competitive wage; (2) Build a number of modern VA Hospitals and renovate even more than they already have. THAT is the foundational problem with being able to care for our VETERANS. MONEY. But you have a whole bunch of Republi-scumbags that say we can’t afford to take care of those that they had NO PROBLEM sending to Afghanistan. Or the ones we sent to Iraq on nothing but freaking LIES.
      So you just keep watching nothing but FauxNews and WND… they’ll tell you everything you want to hear, but none of it needs to be truthful. (FauxNews was sued in 2002 for lying and manipulating facts. They were found GUILTY, but the case was thrown out on appeal. Reason? FauxNews argued they had a Constitutional Right to lie and manipulate facts. The appeals court agreed. That was the day that only complete mental midgets would believed anything on FauxNews. They told everyone that they will lie to you, but you fools believe them! Bwahahahahaha!)

      • No More Tea Bags

        NORAENG: Your only repudiation of the easily proven and well known facts I stated is calling me ignorant;… when “ignorant” is the very definition of your answer. LOVE IT!!!! PLEASE keep showing us all the mental midget you obviously are. Betcha you’re kicking back right now with a warm sack of a teabagger over your eyes… is it relaxing for you?

  • Rhonda

    Lets bring more children to Iowa who need our help. Around our country and world. This creating more jobs.

  • John

    Wow! I’m going to bet that all you “send em back where they came from” crowd would tell an American Indian showing you a document signed by U.S. president (insert your favorite here) granting his people exclusive rights to the property your home is on ‘so long as the sun rises and the rivers run’ to go back where he came from. Unless you are an American Indian, shut theH up about sending people back where they came from and lets deal with this problem.
    Throw the adults back across the border with a catapult if you want to, but the kids deserve the same kindness and compassion that you would expect our children to be treated with. If you wouldn’t let your child or grandkid out of your sight at the state fair then you are a hypocrite for saying “deport them all” or just push them back across the border to Tijajuana, Mexicali or some other criminal cesspool.

    Oh yeah, since the kids have been placed here since early this spring, it’s just one more thing Branstad didn’t know about. In light of his administration, Branstad’s complaint about Obama transparency is like the pot calling the clear blue sky at Noon black. Branstad is opaque and evasive because his people don’t speak of their bad actions in emails, kind of a pre cover up -cover up. (lambs testimony and Fiinleys response)

    • Jess

      I am so tired of the argument about Native Americans being the only ones with any rights to be here and how we stole everything from them.
      THERE IS NO WAY TO FIX THAT! It was a great injustice. WE CAN”T UNDO THAT! We aren’t doing the Native Americans any favors by letting in every illegal that wants to come here now. We are just making the country worse off for all of us who are here already.

      I never shot an Indian. I never traded an Indian a bottle of Fire Water for his horses or land. I never burned an Indian village to the ground in the middle of the night. And, while we’re at it, I never owned any slaves either. Those are HUGE injustices in our HISTORY. They cannot be undone. Because of Hitler’s atrocities should we say that only Jewish people have any rights? Germans are all the descendants of murderers, therefore, they don’t have any right to do anything good now or try to do what is best for their country? For Pete’s sake, STOP throwing out things that cannot be undone and truly have no bearing on this. We are not responsible for the sins of our Fathers (or Great Great Great Grandfathers for that matter!!).

      I HAVE, however, been paying a HUGE amount of my salary in taxes for a number of decades to keep this country great. I HAVE been tithing another portion of my salary to my church to help those less fortunate. I HAVE donated to many charitable organizations. I HAVE followed the laws that I am subject to as a CITIZEN of this great country. I DO want to see it remain great and I want to see my kids get a good education and have a chance to raise their kids in the great nation that I have supported. I do not want to see that opportunity taken away from them because other countries in the world choose NOT to put the effort in to be great places to live. If your country is war torn and you are afraid your children will be raped or murdered, stop having children. Some of these kids coming across are babies in mother’s arms. So, that mother knew when she got pregnant that her country was a horrible place to live. Don’t have that baby.

      • No More Tea Bags

        Wow… you are a spectacularly huge waste of humanity. Pathetic. I wish there was a God so folks like you would get yours in the end. Most sad creatures such as yourself usually do pay by reaping the hate and callousness they displayed in life, at the end of theirs when they are most vulnerable. Good luck to ya; you’re going to need it.

      • John

        maybe they would refrain from having the baby if their employer didn’t object to paying for the contraceptives on religious grounds, or their rapist would have used a rubber- but his employer objected to contraceptives on religious grounds.
        My point about native Americans wasn’t for reparations but to say just about all of our citizens came to this country under duress (religious persecution, slavery, endentured servitude, expelled for criminal activity, or just looking for a better life). If the law isn’t working, then fix the law, don’t bitch about those enforcing it.

  • Dan

    Unemployment rates in these countries is lower than ours. They seem to have 7000 bucks to put in these poor kids pockets to get up here. None of them look like their clothes are even dirty when they get here. They are coming to stay with relatives. The parents will follow later and you know it. And 20 years ago we had no mexican people in town. This year we will have over 400 mexican and alien students in a school of 1200. Is this a problem you think?
    And the racists as you call them come from immigrants. Not ILLEGAL immigrants. So Democrats go roll yourself a big fattie, sit back and turn on your msnbc (the biggest joke) news.
    And I see none of you volunteer to take them in. Why is that? Not to worry, they can grow up to take the job you don’t have now.

    • Megan

      Wow, you have a lot of anger. And you make a lot of assumptions, “I see none of you taking thrm in” how do you know? You think its people like you that are helping thesechildren? Oh and the jibe about them growing up to take our jobs? Don’t you realize how these children could grow up to be productive and contributing members of society who could actually help our economy instead of hurt it? You are immature and ignorant. And now I’m going to make an assumption: bet you’re a bigot, too.

      • noraeng

        Wow Megan lot of living in a fantasy world you’re doing there. We can’t take in and support the world no matter how much the Democrats say we can!

    • noraeng

      Exactly!!! WHERE do these illegal’s families get the 5,000 to 7,000 dollars for each kid to give to the coyotes to get them here?!. Investigations need to done on where that money is coming from!

  • Dan

    While Mr. Transparency is on vacation, The Mexican’s are beefing up their southern border and this should help our problem. Name on thing that our Commander in Sneak has done, in foreign policy that has worked out. Just one? All I can think of is the Apoligy Tour.

    • John

      By the number of aliens being apprehended I’d have to say he has secured the border! INS can’t throw them back into the river or over the fence, they have to arrest them. The problem with the slow deportations is the Repubs not wanting to fund a legal system because that would take money out of their taxcut plan. I suppose you think that Moron Perry is a hero for sending the national guard to the border without the ability or authority to do anything but wave to the immigrants as they walk by them- that money could be used elsewhere in Texas, like textbooks that teach fact, not mythology or that the earth is round and not the center of the solar system…

    • Megan

      These are children NOT rabid dogs. Your ignorance and prejudice baffles me. Does no one have empathy anymore?!

      • Joe

        Yes they are… Tell you what.. All you liberal tards can put them up in your own home and pay for it… I’m not!

      • Megan

        Wow. How heartless and cold of you. Saying these children are indeed rabid dogs? Where is your compassion, your empathy, your do unto others as they would have you do unto you? And you aren’t paying for it. These kids have been placed with relatives and/or with families who have volunteered to take them in. I hope you aren’t a parent or that you call yourself a Christian, because then you would be a hypocrite.

      • Jess

        Megan, most of them DON”T have their immunizations which DOES put my kids at risk! Even immunized, if my child is exposed to someone with a communicable disease, like whooping cough, they can get it. So, now I am being told that if I want my kids to get the public education, that my taxes pay for, I have to allow them to be put into a dangerous situation.

        Also, you keep saying how they are just kids who are staying with family, they will want their parents here too. And, if you watch the news stories, there are a lot of teenagers and adults (young mothers) with these kids. They aren’t all toddlers who will learn the language and be contributing adults someday.

        And, as far as all of us being the children of Immigrants, I would say that most of our families came here legally. And you can get into the whole ‘stole from the Native Americans’ argument if you want. That happened a LONG TIME ago. There is no way I can fix that. Us letting in more illegals certainly isn’t going to right that wrong anyway!! Your arguments don’t hold water.

  • Jean

    The Governor didn’t know these kids have been getting services in Iowa since January? He’s out of touch.

    • Tiffinay Compiano

      Sounds like you know something Jean. I’d like to know where they are and how old the oldest “child” is 19, 20, 21? Is it any of these children who have agreed to having tortured or murdered? Any of em bring disease to Iowa or drugs? Have they been issued ss numbers or work papers? Love children and realize Jesus said to let the little children come- but he didn’t say don’t send them back to their parents.

  • Dan

    Republican’s fault? They won’t sign a bill because it has nothing about securing a border or sending them back until after 2 years…. (never). Bush’s deal says war torn…. These are coming (according to them themselves) is because they believe they can stay…and ma and pa will soon be coming after to be with them. They are being raped and robbed etc. on the way up here, not where they came from. Out of touch? Harry Reid thinks the border is secure. That’s out of touch.

  • Joe

    How about our government officials do their job… Ship them back… They are illegals… Not just immigrants…

  • Dan

    The army has troop trailers, buses etc. Ask them where they are from, put a sandwich and a drink in their hand and put them on a bus going south. Tell Mexico we are going to help and send our army in to KILL the drug cartel people. Not capture, kill. These people are animals and it’s gone on long enough. They are our neighbors. Lets solve that problem while we are at it.

  • Troy Hendrickson

    Mark,the scripture you quoted are not the words of Christ, and even then, why use such a disingenuous argument? You and the religious right is always whing about not wanting to do what the government tells you. Now you say we should? That’s more than a bit hypocritical, and the bottom line is, if Jesus says one thing and the laws of men say another, you follow Jesus, not men.

  • Troy Hendrickson

    I notice you couldn’t find anything the Lord said to justify your hypocritical stance Mark. Do you also accept the law regarding gay marriage being legal and abortion being legal, you being all about submission to the laws of man. You do realize the laws of man are not a defense in heaven right?

  • Fed Up

    I was raised a Democrat, but for the rest of my life I’m voting straight ticket Republican, not because I like the republican party, but because I want to put the democratic party out of existence

    • noraeng

      Me too! I have always voted Democrat but will be voting straight Republican this fall and beyond. The Democrats gained their latino votes but have lost way more other votes! Not very smart if ya ask me.

      • Bette

        I think from reading your posts, that the Republican Party would be a good party for you. All out for themselves, help no one except the rich, repeat and repeat talking point with no facts whatsoever.

  • William Denison

    I want to hear what our missing in action Governor has to say not his boy toy spokesperson.

  • Jebediah Deznutts

    I don’t take kindly to all you illegal folk comin up here runnin cross my farm usein all your fancy weasel words.

  • Hailey Truman

    This world wasn’t meant for a certain race to stay in one place. If you believe that it was then go back to Europe were your family most likely came from and give the Native Americans their land back. Until then everyone needs to shut thy pie whole up. Amen.

  • Vonnie

    Georgia has had almost 10x that many dumped on them. Sounds like Iowa needs to be sent a lot more. ALL 50 states should have to suffer equally!

  • Dan

    Fox news lied. So what does that say about CNN or MSNBC or NBC etc.?
    Anybody that can afford to hire people, should pay more taxes??? They shouldn’t use any legal loopholes.
    Farmers that get $ 100,000 a year in subsidies have a fit over someone getting food stamps.
    People that get govt. help think we should take in more people to get more of that govt. help.
    Athiest’s don’t believe in the Bible but use the Bible to make their points.
    The guy in the White house that preached the most about transparency has done the least of it.
    People think the Hamas is just peacefull people just dwinding their stockpile of missles into Isreal and that’s ok, they can duck and hide.
    These poor kids, that seem to have thousands of dollars to get here, need govt help to eventually move their family here.
    The ambassador in Libya didn’t die by terrorism, he died of smoke inhalation because of the terrorists so it’s ok.
    Just how many people think before they talk anymore?

  • BeFair

    what’s really disparaging that’s happening with this border crisis. Foreign countries are taking advantage of America’s compassion of the poor. The U.S. has poverty, housing, and yes, won’t even provide healthcare to Vets who fought unjust wars for America. Majority of these children are not fleeing their homeland due to violence. The U.S. give foreign aid to Central America. These children parents if they’re in the U.S. are here illegally. These Catholic Churches using “the passion of Christ” sympathy, but their priests continues to sexually abuse little children in America. SEND THE UNDOCUMENTED CHILDREN HOME NOW!!!!!!

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