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The Exchange, June 27, 2018, Immigration, Fireworks, Sioux City Sioux


The Exchange 062718

Coming up on The Exchange, the battle over immigration policy continues, A federal judge has ordered U.S. immigration authorities to reunite separated families on the border within 30 days, as Congress and President Donald trump continue a relative stand off on the issue.   we talk with an immigration attorney about the president’s decision last week to bring families together after much controversy.

Also, how Siouxland area woman helped win women’s suffrage,

And a new version of Sioux City Sioux.  That’s coming up on The Exchange, Wednesday at Noon and Friday at 9:00 a.m. here on Siouxland Public Media.

You’re listening to The Exchange on Siouxland Public Media.  I’m Mary Hartnett. This week President Donald Trump had a big win on immigration policy when the Supreme Court upheld his executive order on his temporary travel ban against predominantly Muslim countries.  Yesterday, the president was defied by A federal judge in California who ordered U.S. immigration authorities to reunite separated families on the border within 30 days, The preliminary injunction said children younger than 5 must be reunified within 14 days of the order. The ruling is in response to a lawsuit filed by an anonymous woman from the Democratic Republic of Congo who was separated from her 17-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy who was separated from his Brazilian mother.The substantive law hasn’t changed at all in terms of how people come to the border and apply for asylum.   In fact, in a case called Flores V. Reno, there was a ruling that limited the US government’s ability to hold immigrant children to 20 days.  However, South Sioux City immigration attorney Heidi Oligmueller says the government still has discretion in this matter.  

South Sioux City Immigration Attorney Heidi Oligmueller

That was South Sioux City immigration attorney Heidi Oligmueller talking about the status of US immigration law and how it is affecting thousands of illegal immigrants being held at the border with Mexico. Yesterday, a federal judge in California who ordered U.S. immigration authorities to reunite separated families on the border within 30 days,

You’re listening to The Exchange, on Siouxland Public Media, I’m Mary Hartnett.  America’s relationship with its immigrants has always been complicated.  Back in the late 19th and early 20th century in the Midwest, immigrants largely from Europe flooded Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and the Dakotas with hopeful farmers who took up homesteads.  They were vital members of their communities but were sometimes seen as dangerous foreigners.  

Yankton native Sara Egge found a surprising thread of nativism in her research on women’s suffrage and the power of community building women in Iowa, Minnesota and South Dakota.  

These women took on civic roles that helped them eventually win the vote.  Egge’s new book, “Woman Suffrage and Citizenship in the Midwest, 1870-1920” shows how important women were in creating and shaping public attitudes in the American heartland.  Egge is an assistant professor of history at Centre College in Danville, KY.    She says People who came to the Midwest to build civilization as they saw it.  They want to build their communities through service and hard work.

Woman Suffrage and Citizenship in the Midwest, 1870-1920

You’re listening to The Exchange on Siouxland Public Media.  

A week from today, we will be celebrating the Fourth of July.  Last year, in the wake of the state’s decision to change the ban on setting off most fireworks, Sioux City became one of the most lenient municipalities when it comes to discharging fireworks.  Last year, Sioux Citians could set off fireworks for several days before and on the fourth. However, hundreds of complaints from residents about noise, debris and fears about fire made the city council change the rules.  Now Fireworks discharge is allowed between 1 and 11 p.m. July 3 and 4.  City council member Dan Moore says it was important to balance the needs of people and pet owners who were disturbed by the fireworks and those who want to show their patriotism on the nation’s birthday.

Clay County, Iowa, was one of the spots where women used civic engagement to help win the vote.

That was Sioux City council member Dan Moore talking about the use of fireworks next Wednesday, July 4th.  Sioux City curtailed the number of days and hours that residents can discharge fireworks last year after hundreds of complaints about noise and debris. 

With issues of public school funding regularly in the news, Kid Talk reporters Langston Saint and Katie Hartnett wondered “What is the value of the public school system?”  Here is what they had to say.

Kids Scoop

Kid talk is a collaboration between Kid Scoop News and our project the Siouxland Media Lab.  It is supported by the Gilchrist Foundation, the Siouxland Community Foundation, and the Junior League.

Sioux City Sue

A hit song from the 1940s put Sioux City on the map.  Now, the owner of Radio Recordz hopes to see lightning strike twice with a hip-hop remix of Sioux City Sue.  Our arts reporter, Ally Karsen talks to Richard Miller about the new release. 


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