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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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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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Bill to punish cities for not fully enforcing federal immigration laws advances in state legislature

Supporters of the bill say it is aimed at forcing so-called “sanctuary cities” to comply with federal law, even though there are no sanctuary cities in Iowa. Some cities in the state, such as Iowa City, have decided not to have their police departments assist federal immigration officers in the performance of their duties, except in cases involving public safety. […]

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DACA stories: Two Iowa-raised brothers face uncertain futures

David looked nervous sitting at a table in the Main Library. It wasn’t being in the library that made him nervous — he’s spent a lot of time there as an undergraduate studying graphic design at the University of Iowa — it was discussing his immigration status. David is one of approximately 118,000 young people around the country waiting to find out if his application to be covered by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Act (DACA) for the next two years is going to be approved. […]

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