Donald Trump’s campaign rallies have gained notoriety following instances of violence from both Secret Service agents and supporters alike. But the threat of chokeholds and punches hasn’t stopped immigrant activist Kenia Calderon from protesting against Trump and other candidates.
The number of Latinos in Iowa has doubled in the last decade, but they’re not just flocking to Des Moines and other urban centers. Immigration has radically transformed the state’s rural heartland, which was once lily-white. Fueled by the meatpacking industry’s demand for cheap labor, small towns like Storm Lake now have schools with student bodies that are 82 percent non-white.
During the Iowa Caucuses, VICE News traveled to Marshalltown to attend a packed Trump rally and talk to Iowans about immigration. With Republican candidates calling for ramped-up deportations and closed borders, young undocumented activist Kenia Calderon has made it her mission to include immigrant rights in the political conversation. VICE News video news 2016.