Just two days ago, House Democrats introduced House Resolution 15, a bipartisan bill on comprehensive immigration reform (CIR) similar to the Senate version of CIR – but without extreme border militarization.

At the heart of H.R. 15 is a pathway to citizenship for 11 million hopeful Americans.

So far, there are 120 co-sponsors of the new House immigration bill – but none of them are from Iowa!

Everyday Iowans like you, in communities across our state, have worked tirelessly to push for fair immigration reform with a path to citizenship for all 11 million aspiring citizens.

CCI members will join national mobilizations across the country that start tomorrow, so we can’t give up now. With a bill in the House, we just won’t stop at this crucial moment.

Will you take 30 seconds, and call an Iowa Representative to ask that they co-sponsor House Resolution 15, the bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform bill?

*   Representative Braley: (202)225-2911
*   Representative Loebsack: (202) 225-6576
*   Representative Latham: (202)225-5476

Tell them that “Iowans demand immigration reform with a path to citizenship for all 11 million aspiring citizens, and sponsoring this bill is a reflection of Iowa values.”

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On October 2nd, House Democrats introduced a bipartisan bill on comprehensive immigration reform similar to the Senate bipartisan bill that passed in June, but without the extreme border surge provisions and militarization that had been included in the final version.

“This entire year, hardworking families and communities in Iowa and across the United States have stepped out of the shadows and done incredible work pushing for a path to citizenship,” said Constantino Morales, a CCI member from Des Moines. “It is now time for Speaker Boehner and the House Republican leaders to do their part and bring this vote to the floor.”

The bill introduced today has border security provisions that were already approved in the House Homeland Security Committee on a bipartisan basis.  It constitutes a serious proposal that, if given a vote, could pass the House of Representatives with more than 218 votes and fix our broken immigration system.

“This fight for reform is personal. It’s about Iowa’s families and communities,” said Morales. “Iowans want fair immigration reform that keeps families together, protects workers’ rights and provides a path to citizenship for all 11 million hopeful Americans.”

As part of a powerful national month of action in August, CCI members ramped up the pressure on Iowa’s Congressional delegation, especially on Representative Tom Latham. During the recess, over 100 CCI members engaged Latham by sharing their stories at face-to-face meetings, town halls, office visits, phone calls and postcards.

“Congress will not shut down our determination to fix the country’s broken immigration system and get a pathway to citizenship for 11 million hopeful Americans. Our hard work this whole year and during the August recess has gotten us to a critial point,” said Morales.  “We will keep fighting until the path to citizenship is a reality.”

Since the beginning of this year, Iowa CCI members have held dozens of meetings across Iowa, engaged hundreds of immigrants, weighed in with Iowa’s Congressional delegation in Washington D.C., joined with ally groups for demonstrations and marches and have been at the forefront of pushing for fair immigration reform that puts families and communities first.

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On Saturday, September 21st, 20 everyday Iowans delivered a message to the Humboldt Police Department: our community won’t stand for racial profiling.

The 20 people present delivered a letter at the Humboldt Police Station requesting a meeting with the Humboldt Chief of Police (who is also the Sheriff).

The action was in response to a number of complaints from Humboldt community members stating that a cop has been racially profiling members of the Latino community.

According to the complaints, the cop has been pulling Latinos over (despite no traffic violation) just to ask for their licenses. The cop has pulled people over on bikes, in cars, and sometimes just drives around the predominantly Latino neighborhood in Humboldt – causing many to feel threatened and intimidated in their own homes.

Following the action, the Chief of Police/ Sheriff has reached out to schedule a meeting regarding the issue.

Stay tuned for developments.

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You’ve had one hell of a summer.

Whether you were fighting factory farms, winning back stolen wages, or attending a meeting with the head of the EPA – you’ve been busy. It’s time to celebrate your summer successes, and kick off autumn. Check out a few highlights in photos:

Together, we’ve accomplished a lot:

  • Talked to hundreds of everyday Iowans about clean water, and garnered over 3,500 signatures in support of clean water.
  • Pushed for a strong work plan mandating Clean Water Act enforcement for factory farms in Iowa – in September, it was finally signed.
  • Won back $3,857 in stolen wages from Iowa workers.
  • Empowered over 670 immigrants and immigrant allies to take action on fair immigration reform.
  • Pushed your “Put People First” Agenda at the national level at congressional meetings throughout the August Recess.
  • Kept your work for a more just & democratic Iowa in statewide & national media over 80 days this summer.
  • And more!

Reflecting on such a great summer, we can’t wait to see what autumn brings. We’ll be sure to keep you updated on how you can help us keep the momentum going.

 

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Over a dozen Iowa CCI members attended Rep. Tom Latham’s town hall in Ankeny on August 9, to keep the heat on the Congressman to take action on the pathway to citizenship for 11 million hopeful Americans.

CCI members have been working hard on this campaign since February. We want Rep. Latham to support a path to citizenship for all 11 million, and demand he do everything in his power to move fair comprehensive immigration reform in the House of Representatives.

Members from Latham’s district asked if he supported a pathway to citizenship and spoke in support of fair immigration reform.

Immigrants are essential to economic growth in Iowa, and they are part of our communities, said CCI member Gini Wolf, from Ankeny.

In regard to moving the bill on immigration reform, “we have to look at what’s possible,” said Rep. Latham during the town hall. “We can’t deport 11 million people,” Latham said, “I don’t want a war zone along the border.” But he also said that “the overwhelming majority of Americans support border security”.

Latham said he “felt for people”, as he used to represent a district that included Postville and Marshalltown. These two Iowa towns have felt the awful consequences of harsh immigration enforcement.  Recent polls show that a majority of Iowans support an earned path to citizenship.

Alexa Rodriguez, a 13-year-old member from Des Moines, spoke to Rep. Latham directly to share her family’s story. “Me and my brothers and sisters were born here in the United States, but my parents were not. They are undocumented. Can you imagine what will happen to our family if we are torn apart?” she said.

CCI members will keep engaging and mobilizing immigrants and allies across Iowa to keep the pressure on members of congress and push for fair immigration reform that keeps families together, has a path to citizenship, protects labor and civil rights, and focuses on communities, not harsh enforcement.

You can take part of this powerful campaign:

Call Rep. Latham today at (515)282-1909 and urge him to support a path to citizenship for all 11 million aspiring citizens!

Let us know how your call went by e-mailing us at iowacci@iowacci.org or calling us at (515)282-0484.

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Over fifty members of Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement packed a meeting with Representative Tom Latham (R-Iowa) to share their stories and demand action on the pathway to citizenship for 11 million hopeful Americans.

CCI member Amalia Hernandez and her husband Alberto faced constant discrimination, abuse and threats at work because of their immigration status. “For a year and a half, we were emotionally and verbally abused; they called us ‘(expletive) illegals’ and said they’d call ICE to have us deported,” she told the Congressman.

“After I left the police force in Mexico, I was assaulted because I’d been a cop. That’s no way for my family to live, in such violence,” said Constantino Morales, a CCI member. “I decided to come here. Soon after, ICE came for me at work and I’m in deportation proceedings now. If I’m sent back, I will face more violence and could lose my life,” he told Latham.

“On my day off, ICE came banging at my door, saying they were the Des Moines Police; after they were inside, they said were ICE,” said Victor Torres, a CCI member. “Two of us were arrested that day for being undocumented, and if it weren’t because my young son is a U.S. citizen, I wouldn’t even be here today,” he told the Congressman.

After sharing their experiences as immigrants in Iowa, CCI members asked Rep. Latham whether he supported a pathway to citizenship for all 11 million hopeful Americans.

Rep. Latham simply refused, and said he would approach immigration reform “step by step”,  with a focus on “border security and a system of verification” before any type of legalization could happen. Latham said he did not want to repeat the mistakes of 1986.

Jose Gutierrez, a CCI member and immigrant from Mexico who has lived in the US for over 30 years, told Rep. Latham that 1986 had not been a mistake. “If it weren’t for immigrants like me coming here, paying taxes, building roads, we would not be standing in the beautiful state that Iowa is today,” Gutierrez said. “I am proud to walk the streets of Iowa as a US citizen. What happened in 1986 was not a mistake.”

“A majority of Iowans support a path to citizenship, but Rep. Latham kept skirting around the issue and refusing. In the end, we heard he would not support a pathway to citizenship,” said Elvira Guerrero, a CCI member from Des Moines.

Members of Iowa CCI vow to keep the pressure on their members of congress during the August recess and push for fair immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship that will keep families together and protect the rights of 11 million hopeful Americans.

“What we have here is true solidarity, Iowans standing with our immigrant neighbors. Standing together, we will keep pushing to get the pathway to citizenship,” said CCI member Gini Wolf, from Ankeny.

Check out photos from the day here:

 
 

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