More than 400 community members turned out for an immigration forum in Ames, Iowa, to show their support for reform—and to stand up to Iowa Congressman Steve King. Last month, Rep. King attacked DREAMers, undocumented young people who were brought to America through no fault of their own, comparing them to drug mules. Iowans turned out in force to demonstrate that his offensive comments don't represent them.
Senators Durbin and Harkin, accompanied by Organizing for Action Iowa volunteers and immigration reform activists, hosted the forum on why America needs immigration reform, featuring two Iowa DREAMers as well as other voices in the community, including an immigration lawyer. “The suggestion that these are petty criminals or drug smugglers — it just doesn’t square with the reality of the DREAM Act and that’s one of the reasons why I wanted to come here today,” Sen. Durbin told the crowd.
The senators and forum participants discussed the current state of the immigration reform bill, and shared ways attendees could educate their community members about how immigration reform would benefit Iowa.
Nick Harrington, a union member who works at a local meatpacking plant, participated in the forum and received a standing ovation for his commentary. Watch the video:
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