Friday, December 15, 2006

Iowa Governor Vilsack's statement about the arrests in Marshalltown

The following statement was released by the Governor's office on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2006
DES MOINES – Governor Tom Vilsack released the following statement today regarding recent incidents in Marshalltown , Iowa :

"The actions at Swift Packing in
Marshalltown yesterday reinforce the demand from Americans that the federal government reform the nation's immigration and enforcement policy.

A straightforward path to lawful citizenship, reinforced with secure borders, is long overdue.

As Iowans, we all share the immediate concern of caring for the children in
who may be without one or both parents.

These innocent children must be protected until they can return safely to their parents. I have directed my office to assist in every way possible so that these children, many of whom were born and go to school in
Iowa, are properly protected.

We will also continue our outreach to families in the
Marshalltown community to ensure they are aware of the resources that state government can provide."

Joe Mowers
Sr. Policy Advisor
Office of the Governor
State Capitol
Des Moines , IA 50319


Is caring for the children (many of whom were born here and are citizens) who were abandoned when their parents were arrested at work and deported another unfunded mandate the federal government is imposing on the states?

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