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Photographing moments of humanity at the border

My name is Sergio Flores. I am a documentary photographer and freelance photojournalist currently based in Austin, Texas. Being Mexican-American, it was really important to me to contribute to the conversations around issues that relate to people like me, or people who look like me … to look for moments that contain humanity. Here are two photos that tell two of those stories. […]

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Fourth of July yoga event at Old Brick will raise funds for detained immigrants and asylum-seekers

Along with fireworks and competitive hot dog eating, the Fourth of July celebrates a determined group of people standing up to government tyranny. An event at Old Brick on Thursday morning offers a new twist on this. […]

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The Refugee & Immigration Association will celebrate World Refugee Day at Liberty High School on Saturday

On Saturday, people will have the chance to get to learn about the refugee community in Johnson and Linn Counties, as the Refugee & Immigrant Association celebrates World Refugee Day at Liberty High School in North Liberty. […]

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Reynolds and Hubbell discuss Mollie Tibbetts, labor rights, Me Too and climate change in third debate

The third debate between Gov. Kim Reynolds and Democrat Fred Hubbell was held at a time guaranteed to limit viewership, 8 a.m. on Sunday. That was unfortunate, because it was the most informative of the three debates. During the first two, the questions… […]

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Gov. Reynolds makes false claim about her statement on the death of Mollie Tibbetts

Following last week’s arrest of an undocumented Mexican immigrant for the murder of University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts, Gov. Kim Reynolds issued a statement, which included the line, “We are angry that a broken immigration system allowed a predator like this to live in our community.” On Thursday, Reynolds was asked about her statement, and she replied, “I didn’t immediately start talking about immigration.” […]

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Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller joins lawsuit against Trump’s family separation policy

Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller has joined 16 other state attorneys general in a lawsuit challenging the Trump administration treatment of migrants arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border. The lawsuit, filed in federal district court in Seattle, seeks an immediate injunction to end the “Trump Administration’s practice of refusing entry to asylum applicants who present at […]

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Hundreds march in Iowa City for the Families Belong Together rally

The heat index hovered near 100 degrees, and the most direct routes were blocked by the Iowa City Jazz Festival and the Iowa City Farmers Market, but that didn’t stop an enthusiastic crowd of hundreds from marching to College Green Park from the terrace of the Old State Capitol on Saturday morning for Iowa City’s Families Belong Together rally. […]

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Protesters will gather in Cedar Rapids to push for the reunification of migrant families

On Saturday, there will be rallies protesting in more than 620 cities across the country, including Iowa City and Cedar Rapids, to protest the Trump administration treatment of migrants arriving at the U.S. border with Mexico. The Families Belong Together protests were originally inspired by the administration’s policy of taking children away from their families, and interring them in separate facilities. […]

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Families Belong Together: Protesting Trump’s treatment of immigrant families

Activists across the nation are organizing rallies to protest the Trump administration’s treatment of immigrant families detained by federal agents at the U.S.-Mexico border. Iowa City will be participating in the Keep Families Together protest with a rally on the University of Iowa Pentacrest at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 30. […]

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Organizing communities to handle ICE and Trump administration immigration policy

While the national media focuses on immigration enforcement at the southern border as children are taken away from their parents, there’s an ongoing effort in Iowa to help immigrants deal with how Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents are enforcing Trump administration policies. […]

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Trump administration: Immigrants fleeing ‘private violence’ like domestic abuse shouldn’t be granted asylum

On Monday, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Session took the extraordinary step of overturning a decision by the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) of the Justice Department that granted asylum to A.B., a Salvadorian woman who fled to the United States to escape from domestic violence. “Generally, claims by aliens pertaining to domestic violence or gang […]

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Vigil in Cedar Rapids on Monday evening to support families affected by the Mt. Pleasant ICE raid

There will be a vigil in Cedar Rapids in support of the families of the 32 workers who were arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents on Wednesday. The vigil, which starts at 5 p.m., will be held in front of Sen. Chuck Grassley’s regional office 111 7th Ave SE. […]

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