Immigration Crisis: Branstad, Reynolds Appeal for Help from President

DES MOINES, Iowa — Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds sent a letter to President Obama Thursday urging him to take action on the immigration crisis.

Branstad and Reynolds say they want the Iowa Department of Human Services to be notified when immigrant children arrive in Iowa.

They also called on the president to secure the border and improve immigration policies.

Branstad and Reynolds argue the current policies jeopardize the lives of unaccompanied alien children who are making the dangerous journey from Central America.

View the entire letter below:

30 comments

  • Darcey

    Something to think about. How about bringing numerous cruise ships full of children from starving and crime ridden countries around the world to our borders? What would Jesus do?

    • Right Wing Patriot

      The World Health Organization actually did a study about how many people, if they could, would want to move to the United States. Guess how many…130,000,000! So, according to your idea, how would you propose we pay for this? Sorry, but a poor idea and not to mention the complete destruction of the American economy. Quit ‘feeling’ and start thinking analytically.

      • Darcey

        Well it would not surprise me if a country or countries would try this since it has and is working in the US for 20 years.

    • Right Wing Patriot

      Quit blathering. Give us concrete concerns or zip it. Typical Lib, no substance, just name calling.

    • Sheila

      Our country is hypocritical for allowing people to stay here illegally for the last 20 years (and counting) while others wait to come here legally. I have relatives trying for 10years. How silly of them for not coming here illegally.

  • William Denison

    Well well well look what I found . This story was posted 01/23/2013 by Emily Deruy @ThisisFusion
    Iowa’s state government ruled Wednesday that DREAMers will be eligible for driver’s licenses, a reversal of its previous position.

    The Iowa Department of Transportation issued a statement on Wednesday afternoon stating that “it can now issue driver’s licenses or nonoperator identification (ID) cards to persons granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals [DACA].”

    According to the agency, the decision was made based on guidance issued last week by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services that said that young undocumented workers granted a two-year reprieve from deportation under the DACA program are “lawfully present” in the country.

    Each state has the ability to determine whether to award licenses to deferred action recipients, and several, including Iowa, said DREAMers would not be eligible because they did not have “legal status.”

    Iowa DOT released a statement in December explaining its decision was based on the fact that deferred action “does not grant lawful status or a lawful immigration path to persons granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival status. Rather, it is prosecutorial discretion extended in a blanket fashion to persons who are not lawfully authorized to be present in the United States.”

    States such as Arizona, Nebraska and Michigan fell into the same category, which angered immigrant rights groups that said states should issue licenses because the program awards people the right to work in the country.

    Iowa Republican Gov. Terry Branstad said during a Tuesday news conference that he was asking the DOT to review the state’s policy to not issue licenses in light of the updated USCIS guidelines, and the decision to award the licenses was reached on Wednesday.

    Iowa is unlikely to be the last state to reconsider the issue in light of the new guidelines.
    Terry Branstad says he don’t want illegals here but his actions speak a lot louder then his words. Anyone including even me can write some lame leader to the Prez. It comes down to if your lying in that letter to just get votes or not. Bottom line. Two faced hacks.

  • William Denison

    Just in case some of you hard heads didn’t catch that “Iowa Republican Gov. Terry Branstad said during a Tuesday news conference that he was asking the DOT to review the state’s policy to not issue licenses in light of the updated USCIS guidelines, and the decision to award the licenses was reached on Wednesday.” Put that in your pipes and smoke it :)

  • William Denison

    So now that we know Terry says on one hand he does not want illegals here but gives then a drivers licenses or a state ID when it was fashionable on the other hand. I would like to be able to read any emails between Terrys office and Iowas DOT during the month of 12/2013. I bet those emails/letters are gone for the ages. And when asked about this Terry will say “I don’t have any information on that” or no one contacted me on this matter. blah blah blah. Its really time for a change in Iowa.

  • William Denison

    The USCIS guidelines Terry Branstad understood and based his decision on reads as follows:
    You may request DACA if you:
    1.Were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012;
    2.Came to the United States before reaching your 16th birthday;
    3.Have continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007, up to the present time;
    4.Were physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012, and at the time of making your request for consideration of deferred action with USCIS;
    5.Had no lawful status on June 15, 2012;
    6.Are currently in school, have graduated or obtained a certificate of completion from high school, have obtained a general education development (GED) certificate, or are an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States; and
    7.Have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor,or three or more other misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety

  • Dan

    The Democrats are the ones that lose emails. And I thought Democrats dont think anybody needs an ID. What happened to that?

    • William Denison

      Don’t you get it? Its not about ID’s or driver’s licenses its about just our Governor playing to a bunch monkeys for votes saying anything they want to hear. I support anyone that wants to come here to this country and be like me.

  • Katie

    There is a humanitarian crisis on our country’s southern border. Tens of thousands of minors are flooding their towns. Iowa has acquired 122 individuals over the past six months and our esteemed “leader” is whining and looking for help. And again he claims that he didn’t know about it until a reported apprised him of the fact. Time for a change here, people.

      • Helen

        I know a lot more are coming to Iowa. They’re playing on what Bush signed in 2008. It’s all up to our Congress to work on immigration.

    • Sally

      There is a humanitarian crisis on our country’s southern border? Some not ALL are humanitarian. I’m sure after they are coached more will be. We’ve had an open door policy for 20 years. Read/listen to the news. There are humanitarian crises all over the world and these people don’t have easy access to get here like those at southern border. Shame on the US for playing favorites all these years.

  • Bob Rooney (@BobRooneyAL)

    Tax payers cannot bear the expense of processing and housing the surge of illegal immigration
    caused by President Obama’s 2012 executive action “Dream Act” which has given people in
    Central America the idea children will be allowed to stay once in the U.S.
    We have to stop this madness. Google this: NUMBERSUSA .
    Once you are registered (join us), go to the “action board”

    • noraeng

      NumbersUSA is an excellent website that people who care about this country should definitely go to. It has a map of where the Feds are wanting to dump these illegals as well as info on what your politicians are doing (or not doing) about this invasion.

    • William Denison

      I checked out Roy Beck, the executive director of Numbers USA and found him to be a hardcore Tea Bagger LOL Good luck. I hope he’s not sneaking around taking pictures of little old ladies in nursing homes.

      • noraeng

        William D…..People from both parties and independents are involved with NumbersUSA. Do you EVER try to accomplish anything or do you just get on here and b—— about Branstad?! I’m not letting Branstad off the hook. He (like 99%) of our politicians have been part of the problem but there were several years when he wasn’t governor. What happened in those years? All I remember about the last Dem governor was that he raised the cigarette tax (because his wife was a smoker and he thought it would help others to quit lm@o) and I don’t remember ANYTHING that the Dem governor before him did. So now we are all in this mess and need to get proactive. Brandstad is better than the alternative.

  • Chris

    I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I’m start to understand where the Republicans are coming from.

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