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Immigration is hot topic in Iowa, overlooked by presidential campaigns

Immigration is hot topic in Iowa, overlooked by presidential campaigns

Published: November 6, 2012
PBS visits Des Moines office

Hispanics may be only 5 percent of Iowa's population, but that number represents a boom of 110 percent in 10 years, driven partly by the meat industry jobs. Though immigration was a hot topic during the Republican caucuses, presidential candidates have since been quiet on the issue. PBS NewsHour and Iowa Public Television's Paul Yeager reported last week on why.

Paul visited AFSC’s office in Des Moines, where he spoke with Sandra Sanchez, director of the Iowa Immigration Voice Program. She spoke about Iowa’s aging population and why encouraging young immigrants to stay in Iowa is beneficial for the state.

Visit http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/politics/july-dec12/iowa_11-02.html to watch this PBS NewsHour story from Nov. 2.