Two weeks have passed since an immigration forum at a Bettendorf church ignited what has been a wrenching controversy in our community.
Attended by the Republican Party candidates for Iowas open 2nd District congressional seat, and sponsored by a teen Republican club, the event featured speakers who conjured up some of the worst stereotypes about immigrants.
It also featured offensive remarks from a right-wing activist who called for curbs on all immigration in the United States. He complained the political left is antithetical to white American values and that even immigrants who contribute to the economy and who vote Republican still would dramatically alter the U.S. and change the quality and texture of our lives. At the end of his comments, there was applause.
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