(EDITOR’S NOTE: While some seek to disenfranchise U.S. citizens, others are registering voters. On Aug. 4, the League of Latin American Citizens of Iowa (LULAC) announced formation of its sixth council in Storm Lake in Buena Vista County. Iowa’s other LULAC councils are located in Davenport, Des Moines, Fort Madison, Iowa City and West Des Moines. According to the group, efforts are under way to form new councils in Ottumwa, Ames, Mason City, Sioux City and West Liberty. Buena Vista County, where Storm Lake is located, has a population that is 22 percent Hispanic).
By Art Cullen
Storm Lake Times
Only one prominent Iowa politician, Sen. Tom Harkin, has mustered the courage to advocate for the human rights of the homeless Latin American children stranded at the Texas border. The senator fully supports privacy for the children to keep them safe, and supports their due process rights to receive a hearing for permanent residency based on a 2008 law signed by President George W. Bush.
Harkin is not seeking re-election this fall.
The reason other Iowa politicians run away from the issue is because Latinos in Iowa have no voice since they are not organized. Labor unions in food processing are dead. Political parties treat them as a group to gin up before an election. Churches stand by and hold no one to account.
That might be starting to change.