It would be good to give the "dreamers," who were brought here by their parents, "green cards." That way, they can apply for citizenship. Now, they have no status, no privilege that a citizen has. That is, no vote, etc.
Illegal and legal immigration has been a big issue that has divided many of us.
As Christians, we believe God gave us the Ten Commandments to live by, as our government gives us laws to live by. We have God's laws and our government's laws to keep order in our lives and country. When the government does not enforce these laws, it causes great disorder that we are experiencing.
When should you stand for the laws or when do you stand for compromise? Or do we have to give up one for the other? We all need to compromise, but at what point do you compromise if it is giving up your laws and values?
Of all the countries in the world, the U.S. leads in the number of immigrants we let into our country to become citizens. We should welcome people into our country to become citizens, if they come here legally. The U.S. can only allow so many people across our borders. Compare our country to a big boat. We can only allow so many people across our borders, or, as a boat, we too will surely sink.
Ask yourself: is my business, church or house ever locked? If yes, why? Why do I not have more children? Why not 20 or 30? Do I not try to monitor my children so they choose friends wisely? People coming into our country to become citizens should be monitored very carefully for their principles and willingness to assimilate. Why do we have a broken immigration system?
What is the answer? To me, the answer is to enforce the laws we have now until such time they can be changed. We need to control immigration first by controlling our borders. Only then can we reform immigration.
I am 80-year-old, an Iowan born-and-bred and educated. A daughter lives in Iowa City. We own property. I love the state. I have always regarded Iowans as common sensible, reasonable, intelligent, never met an illiterate person.
Now I find the Legislature has, among other things, legalized sawed-off shotguns, approved stand-your-ground laws, sharply cut public educational funds and at the same time turned a nearly $1 billion surplus into a multi-million-dollar deficit.
Do Iowans really fear their neighbors so much they legalize weapons banned in civilized states since before I was born? And give them to children? Do they now have so little regard for life they approve killing an aggressor even if given an equally available means of escape without killing? Do they really approve crippling the public educational system of a state once regarded as the envy of the entire nation? Do they punish victims of rape and incest twice, once the original crime and second forced to carry pregnancy to term even at risk of their life? Do they really approve a governor supposedly of the entire population, who gives a speech promoting the idea that one party, the Democrats, is trying to sabotage the actions of the other?
I once supposed I might like to retire to Iowa City. A delightful small college town. Active, intellectual, Big 10 sports, safe, four seasons. No more. Now I must reconsider those plans, as should anyone else. Apparently the population has changed sharply and not for the better.
On behalf of The Iowa League of Cities, I would like to thank Gov. Reynolds for fully funding the Commercial and Industrial Property Tax Replacement Claims, also known as the “backfill” in the governor’s budget recommendations for fiscal year 2019. The backfill dollars are vital to the stabilization of local government budgets across the state and represent a state partnership and commitment to help keep property taxes for the citizens of Iowa stable. For the same reasons, we encourage the legislature to support the backfill.
I would also commend and thank Gov. Reynolds on her announcement of a new initiative that will focus on rural Iowa and meeting the needs of small communities across our state. Iowa has strong and thriving metropolitan areas and large cities, but the majority of our state is made up of small communities spread across a rural landscape.
More than 500 of Iowa’s 943 cities are fewer than 500 in population. These cities have unique characteristics and needs, and we can ill afford to let them lag economically. We look forward to continuing these efforts with the governor, lieutenant governor, and both chambers of the Legislature by working with the leaders and members of the community in cities across the state. Together we can identify and institute policies that will grow and strengthen our communities across Iowa by investing in community and economic development and facilitating the rollout of high-speed broadband to all areas of the state.