Hatch Forms Group to Help Illegal Immigrant Children

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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.”


  • Central Iowa Man

    Hatch just lost me for a vote. Cannot stand Branstad and now this. I am voting 3rd party.


    I don’t care one bit for Braanstad, but with us babyboomers retiring can Iowa really afford to support more immigrants? Hell, hard enough to come up with money for property taxes in Polk County as it is!

  • Right Wing Patriot

    This isn’t political at all………………yea right. What little chance you had is evaporating.

  • sick of Obumer



      And just WHAT would YOU do to block the buses and them from leaving the airport?? Why don’t you take your hateful, stupid bs and join a militia in the Yukon or something? I’d take a busload of refugee children any day in my community over a stupid racist!

  • Peggy

    If you can get here you can stay (for most). The illegals know how this is played out after all these years.
    What about the children in countries living in conditions far worse than this, whose parents want them here? Oh yeah these children can’t travel by land, they’re separated by an ocean. Our country can’t follow its own law on immigration.

  • Joel

    Jack Hatch now has 0 chance of getting my vote. The last thing I want my tax payer dollars being used for is funding illegals.

  • William Denison

    Have you people forgot that these are homeless , hungry and scared childern? Have you no mercy? Are you that filled with hate and greed? Do these kids really pose a threat to you and your way of life? Are you not going to be able to get the next smart phone when it comes out? Give me a break. Shame on all of you. To use this as a tool to further your corrupt politicians grip on power. You heartless simple minded sheep.

    • Joe

      Lets worry about the homeless we have that aren’t illegals first. We can’t sustain giving out money we don’t have idiot…

      • William Denison

        Hey Dummy, we are giving Israel over $20 billion over the next five years. They are one of the richest nations in the world. So what’s up with that?

    • Billy's a hypocrite

      “To use this as a tool to further your corrupt politicians grip on power. ”
      And the Democrats creating this situation in the first place isn’t using these kids as pawns? Go back to smioking your dope.

    • Cynthia Michel (@cj1009cj)

      If they were truly CHILDREN I might be willing to help them out. Most of these people that are being called ‘children’ are in fact in their late teens or older. Sure they are someone’s children but they are NOT small boys and girls.
      We have enough people in this country who are struggling to live, why on earth would/should we take on more?
      My final comment or rather question is how many of these children are you willing to take into your home and care for, how many will Barry and Michelle take in?

  • Done with Hatch

    Don’t like Branstad, but Hatch just lost my vote – I will vote against Hatch

    I’m sooo sick of politicians like Hatch, pushing their ‘conscience’ by pushing our OWN kids hopelessly in debt

  • Done with Hatch

    “but says they shouldn’t be sent to Iowa.”

    Hatch says the effort could include, “Housing the children here,”

    he cant even keep his story straight within an article -and I’m supposed to trust this guy with leadership of my state?


      BRANSTAD said that they “don’t belong in Iowa.” This is a fairly short article for you to get that lost, just proves how conservatives react rather than examine all the information and make informed decisions.

  • John

    When you secure the border and increase the police force, you catch more people. When you fail to create related jobs like courts to handle the hearings, you have to house the prisoners. These prisoners are children, equal in age to our 2nd, 3rd, 4th… 10th grade children. While I wouldn’t object to dumping a truckload of adults off in downtown Tiajuana, I wouldn’t associate with anyone who wouldn’t try to stop the dumping a bus of 5th grade kids off there.

    Process the kids according to the laws we enacted for processing them (kind of a repugnant hitch when we give murderers and felons, including politician lawbreakers, the protection of law but want to toss a bunch of kids into a criminal cesspool for fleeing situations none of us would stay in). These kids didn’t flee disneyland and ride a theme park choo choo to an air conditioned border crossing building. Imagine you child, or relative in that predicament where a journey of that danger is preferable to staying at home

    By the way, Branstad created a perfect barracks for a few kids by shuttering the school for our own troubled children in Toledo. Think of what terry has done for our downcast citizens (workforce development offices, Toledo school, our veterans at the Iowa Veterans Home, our unemployed seeking unemployment benefits before an administration judges: Branstad doesn’t do the right thing, he does the republican thing- I’m just surprised he hasn’t blamed this border crisis brought about by securing the border like all the right wingers wanted on ObamaCare…

    Lets throw Branstad across the border!

  • Dan

    Ever notice, after a 1200 to 1500 mile trek, these kids look well dressed, they don’t look starved, or hungry. And if it’s so bad in those countries, how do the parents cough up 7,000 bucks to give the coyotes? Who would send their kid that far without them? They are sure to follow if they aren’t here already. Pack em a lunch and put em on a bus back home. As far as Hatch goes, this just figures. Talk about being out of touch. Chet Junior. Do you think these people will be going back after shipping them this far. The feel sorry for them game is over, don’t ya think?
    Close that border, enough is enough.

  • Josh

    It is unfortunate for these kids that their parents will send them with strangers to get them into the US instead of using the proper method for coming to the US. These people ARE Illegal Immigrants by definition so lets stop sugar coating okay libs. We do not need to take these kids into Iowa, there are plenty of other states willing to take on that burden, no use in wasting our resources. I see this all as a result of Obamas “Dream Act” these people know that all they have to do is get their kids here and they will most likely get to stay here. Time to get rid of corrupt politicians on both sides of the isle.


      Do you know anything at all about the Dream Act?! So many strong opinions on here, no research or facts to be found!

      • Josh

        Well since you must know so much, why don’t you enlighten us all? Dream Act allows illegal alien children to stay in America, so then the border is now being flooded with 57,000 children by the govt estimates, I see a correlation here dont you?

  • Vincent Mack

    Iowa is already overrun with illegals! New name for Mr. Hatch: “Booby Hatch,” because that’s where he belongs after this stupid idea. Anything for a vote.

    • mysttryst

      NumbersUSA is a good website. It tells what you’re congressman/senatorl are doing(or NOT doing) about the invasion of illegals. It also has a map of where the government wants to dump the illegals.

  • William Denison

    America can be a lawful society and a welcoming society at the same time. — George W. Bush
    Not only do immigrants help build our economy, they invigorate our soul. — George W. Bush
    Jeb Bush said the debate over immigration reform needs to move past derisive rhetoric describing illegal immigrants.

    The former Florida governor said in an interview Sunday in College Station, Texas, that people who come to the United States illegally are often looking for opportunities to provide for their families that are not available in their home countries.

    “Yes, they broke the law, but it’s not a felony. It’s an act of love, it’s an act of commitment to your family,” Bush told Fox News host Shannon Bream at town hall event at the George Bush Presidential Library Center.
    Well,well well….what do you know?

    • do ur job

      And how do you suppose we pay for all of this kind generosity of which yo speak? Your kids are grown, lets bumpup your property taxes to pay for new ESL teachers. A good probability you’re on a fixed income, lets stop your COLA adjustments because we have to borrow from the SS fund to pay for the self funded Obamacare. And to pay for courts and foster care, we will place a withdrawal fee of 25% on your Roth (it’s not a tax). Eventually, the magic money printer will run out of ink.

  • do ur job

    You know if you’re that concerned you can write a check to CA, AZ, TX state government to house them as a gift. Its a tax deduction. Maybe if enough bleeding hearts put their money where their mouths are, we can let the other states worry about it.

  • do ur job

    And Hatch can implement a policy in which whatever idiot sponsors a bill would have to spend a week with the Bureau and program affected that way stupid rules and underfunding is eliminated.

  • Mick

    Hatch appeals to emotion and not logic or reason. Working with parasitic organizations who will eventually foist the social bill on you the taxpayer.

    Iowa cannot afford another governor like this guy!

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