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Iowans hold vigil in support of immigrants

This news story was published on July 17, 2017.
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DES MOINES – Early on Tuesday, July 11, 2017, the Iowa Sanctuary Movement held a vigil in front of the Federal Building downtown to demonstrate its support for immigrant families in Iowa. Around three dozen people gathered at 7:00 am to stand in solidarity with immigrant families who are seeking safety in the United States.

Pastor Alejandro Alfaro-Santiz from Trinity Las Americas United Methodist Church offered an opening invocation and led the group in prayer as they joined hands asking for protection for a family that was headed into the Federal Building for an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) check-in appointment. “We want to show the immigrant community that the people of Iowa care about them and that congregations are standing up against unjust laws, working to keep families together and protecting those most vulnerable,” said Rev. Alfaro-Santiz.

Many families in Iowa are in search of asylum protection after having received death threats amid on-going violence in Central America. Faith communities in Iowa are leading a movement offering refuge for those who fear or face deportation under the Trump Administration’s expanded enforcement. The Iowa Sanctuary Movement ( is a statewide network of eleven faith communities offering sanctuary and standing alongside families during their interactions with ICE.

“We know ICE is separating many Latino families, forcing moms to be single parents, disrupting financial stability, and leaving children fatherless and traumatized,” said Maria Alcivar with American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) Iowa. “We hope that these public acts of solidarity, local welcoming city policies, and sanctuary spaces provided by churches around Iowa will create a sense of public support for immigrant communities in Iowa.”

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17 Responses to Iowans hold vigil in support of immigrants

  1. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 20, 2017 at 7:43 pm

    Hey bodacious, quit spewing your bs and check your facts. I know for a fact that illegals get housing, food and education assistance. You are a pure liberal which means someone who thinks because they say something it must be true. Now, don’t we have enough illegal immigrants in this country to fill the jobs corps think they need to fill? So why add more? And you’re confused, those ‘Americans’ who won’t take those jobs include the illegals that are already here getting gov’t assistance. Know your facts or shut up!

  2. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 19, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    How about obama’s cronies for big business — Rumor has it Merlin Bartz worthless county super visor has a nice vacation home in Florida thanks to all the tapayer money he collected for the corporations in worth county – not to mention the 40 acres of farmland he just purchased ? or the 75k he received from the WCDA to remodel his former soup kitchenin Manly. Bernie Sanders would be jealous .

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      July 19, 2017 at 9:49 pm

      why don’t you grow a pair and go ask him directly yourself and report back to us with the facts. people like you need to be sued for slander and liable. rumor-mongers like yourself is what is wrong

  3. John Reply Report comment

    July 18, 2017 at 7:45 pm

    Illegal immigration costs the US nearly 300 BILLION dollars annually…..Just so the bleeding hearts know.

  4. bodacious Reply Report comment

    July 18, 2017 at 6:07 pm

    It’s interesting to read all the crap written about how bad illegal immigrants are…and how great a wall will be…and what a great man has assumed the Presidency..You guys must have conveniently missed the article in NIT about the 15,000 immigrants who will be allowed into the country to help out some businesses that depend on illegals to continue to keep their doors open. Wonder how well they will be vetted?. The people who ‘own’ these businesses say they can’t get American workers to take these jobs. Wonder why that is? Trump’s cronies need help paying for their new vacation homes so they ask the man for help and he delivers.

    • David Reply Report comment

      July 19, 2017 at 8:11 am

      You must have missed the “FACT” that they are coming in on temporary (Legal) work visa’s. Key words are “FACT” and LEGAL” and “TEMPORARY”. Words that Democraps can’t understand. You might as well include “WORK” too.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      July 19, 2017 at 8:14 am

      You have missed the “FACT” that they are coming in on temporary (Legal) work visa’s. Key words are “FACT” and LEGAL” and “TEMPORARY”. Words that Democraps can’t understand. You might as well include “WORK” too.

      • bodacious Reply Report comment

        July 19, 2017 at 11:49 am

        I know they are coming in on temp visas. Nothing I said disputes that. You want to bet that not all leave when their work is up? You want to be that there aren’t people who are benefiting from this? Maybe if these companies paid a decent wage, they would be hiring American workers and not relying on people from other countries to do their work.

        • Anonymous Reply Report comment

          July 19, 2017 at 12:00 pm

          They try to hire Americans but it seems illegals don’t have to work because they get welfare. And, of course Democraps have never worked and don’t know how.

          • bodacious

            July 19, 2017 at 4:24 pm

            Say what? They can’t hire Americans because they pay crap wages. When are you going to figure out that illegals don’t get welfare? TIme and time again it has been pointed out and proven, but you persist in your delusions. By the way, how is it going on Trump’s campaign promises? Even with both the House and Senate in his corner, he still can’t get crap done. Now, he wants to change the rules to make it easier to rob the people.

          • Juan

            July 19, 2017 at 7:19 pm

            You are one of two types:
            1. You write things to stir the pot.
            2, You are one serious dumbass.

  5. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 18, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    Its a big beautiful wall. NOT. Speed bump maybe. You Trumpanzee

  6. Earl Turner Reply Report comment

    July 18, 2017 at 11:09 am

    Those who promote or profit from illegal immigration have blood soaked hands. This includes the churches that harbor illegals.
    Illegal immigration is almost as bad as slavery. Hundreds die every year in the desert while crossing the border. More die crossing Mexico. Google “illegal immigrant deaths”. Add to those deaths all of our people murdered by drunk driving or violent illegals. I keep a list of illegals arrested and charged with crimes at

  7. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 18, 2017 at 10:06 am

    Church groups? That day has come and gone along with our honesty – Big corporations makes donation to churches to handle hiring foreign workers for their businesses so they can pay them less money and benefits – just remember the teachers union big wigs saying – It’s for the kids !!! What a hoot !

  8. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 18, 2017 at 9:04 am

    Here is a catch 22 for all the big jobs created by prestige now being built by Eagle Grove – you do know that congress just passed a bill to allow 15,000 new HI b blue collar workers into the USA – Jeez with half the elected officials involved some way with farming you could end up with 500/800 new fellers from abroad to take the jobs – of course the locals will end up building new schools -welfare healthcare -etc – Just a thought – We will wait and see – my Las Vegas money says the locals get screwed in the end. Money talks -bullshit will win.

  9. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 18, 2017 at 7:45 am

    If churches are going to get involved in politics take away their tax free status.

  10. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 17, 2017 at 10:48 pm

    The check book is running in the red. Now what do you think the majority of citizens are thinking? Sha zam! Can you relate? YOUR check book speaks louder than anything. So tell us, just how sympathetic are you? That’s what I thought. My best contribution is a box of condoms.