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Beyond Iowa Nice: The Immigration Divide

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Des Moines' 2015 Independence Day Naturalization Ceremony at Principal Park

This election campaign of 2016 has seen attacks on Mexicans as criminals and rapists, as well as a call for a ban on Muslim immigrants.  This hour, we continue our summer series "Beyond Iowa Nice" with a look at the contentious issue of immigration and get the thoughts of a number of Iowans on the issues involved.  We hear from Iowans with contrasting perspectives and from communities in Iowa most impacted by immigrants, including Marshalltown and Perry.

Guests include Dan Marburger, Perry High School Principal; Stephanie Ivankovich, editor of "The Perry Chief;" Sister Christine Feagan of the Latino ministry of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Marshalltown; Sandra Sanchez, Iowa Immigrants' Voice Program Director at the American Friends Service Committee in Des Moines; Cindy Golding, chair of the Linn County Republican Party; and State Sen. Mark Chelgren,  a Republican of Ottumwa.

Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River