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Trump move to end DACA sparks concern from Ogden immigrants

Sunday Oct. 8, 2017

Clarissa was born in Mexico, brought to Ogden as a young girl, but says the United States is home. She’s one of many left wondering what comes next after President Trump’s decision to eliminate DACA. By Tim Vandenack

OGDEN — They’re here lawfully, for now anyway.

But some of the formerly undocumented immigrants who have secured permission to remain in the country under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals initiative, approved under President Barack Obama, are still uncomfortable getting too much publicity. I spoke to two young Ogden women with DACA status in the wake of President Trump’s decision to halt the program, Gisela and Clarissa, but they only wanted their first names used, worried about backlash, chiefly to their undocumented parents.

That shows how touchy the immigration issue is. More significantly, though, their comments shed light on the people most impacted by Trump’s decision, young people who regard the United States as home but, because they were brought here illegally by their parents, live in a sort of limbo.

Here’s the story: Ogden immigrants worry after Trump axes DACA, say U.S., not Mexico, is home.

It’s a big topic in Ogden, as in many places, because of the heavy Latino and immigrant population here. Some are directly impacted, like Gisela and Clarissa. Others are impacted because it affects their immigrant friends and relatives.

Here’s another related story, written in the wake of Trump’s DACA decision: Ogden advocates fear DACA decision will push immigrants back into the shadows.

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Ogden Latinos, immigrants brace themselves under Trump

Sunday Feb. 26, 2017

Employees from Beto's Mexican Food in Ogden pose outside the restaurant on Feb. 16, 2017, Day Without Immigrants. By Tim Vandenack

Employees from Beto’s Mexican Food in Ogden pose outside the restaurant on Feb. 16, 2017, Day Without Immigrants. By Tim Vandenack

I’m now reporting from Ogden, Utah, for the Standard-Examiner, the local paper here. A big change from The Elkhart Truth in Indiana, but it’s exciting to be here and there’s plenty to write about.

I’m writing about the sizable Latino population and immigration — a particularly hot topic with President Trump‘s focus on the issue.

Here’s what I’ve written on the matter:

Another unfolding story, in a decidedly different vein, has been the case of an expensive house built atop a rise in south Ogden that is gradually disintegrating, putting the home at risk.

Here’s what I’ve written:

Just last Friday, I visited a small community north of Ogden, Garland, to see how people there are coping with flooding, brought on by a particularly heavy accumulation of snow and quick melt-off last week when temperatures rose:

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Elkhart Latinos respond to Trump and other post-election coverage

Monday Dec. 4, 2016

Participants in the Elkhart County Republican Party caucus on Friday Dec. 2, 2016, in Goshen. GOP committeemen picked a replacement to fill out Elkhart County Prosecutor Curtis Hill's term when he takes over in January as Indiana attorney general. By Tim Vandenack

Participants in the Elkhart County Republican Party caucus on Friday Dec. 2, 2016, in Goshen. GOP committeemen picked a replacement to fill out Elkhart County Prosecutor Curtis Hill’s term when he takes over in January as Indiana attorney general. By Tim Vandenack

Election coverage didn’t end with the counting of votes the night of Nov. 8.

I kept busy in the days afterward as well, analyzing and understanding the results and what they meant.

In Elkhart County, the election of Donald Trump as president alarmed some Latinos and immigrant advocates, and they gathered to mull the implications of his selection:

The election of Elkhart County Prosecutor Curtis Hill as Indiana attorney general was noteworthy in the context of racial politics. He’s the first African-American GOPer, near as I can tell, and one of only a handful of African-Americans ever elected to statewide office in Indiana, but race seems to have factored little in his contest.

“I’d like to believe that we’re at a point in 2016 where there are just people. There are Hoosiers. There are Americans,” Hill said in an interview with me.

Here’s the story:

U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski resoundingly won a third term and the GOPer was pretty ecstatic about the prospects, in combination with Trump’s victory.

“Now I see a path forward,” she said, alluding to hope for repeal of Obamacare, more aggressive action against ISIS extremists in Syria and an end to what she sees as stifling federal overregulation.

Here’s the story:

Me, Tim Vandenack, on far right, at taping of WNIT's Politically Speaking, aired Nov. 13, 2016. We discussed Nov. 8 elections. Screen grab from program.

Me, Tim Vandenack, on far right, at taping of WNIT’s Politically Speaking, aired Nov. 13, 2016. We discussed Nov. 8 elections. Screen grab from program.

Just last Friday, I covered the caucus of Elkhart County Republican Party committeemen to pick someone to fill the unfinished term of Hill, who’s term as prosecutor still has two years. They tabbed Chief Deputy Prosecutor Vicki Becker and also picked replacements for two other officials elected to higher office last November. The story was pretty straightforward (look here), but it offered the chance to flex some tweeting muscles and I reeled off 17 of them, reporting all the action — and Becker’s naming — in real time.

As in other cycles, I appeared on “Politically Speaking,” the political show on local public station WNIT, as a wonk, discussing and analyzing the election results:

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The Amish, Trump, feral cats and graffiti — my week in a nutshell

Tuesday Aug. 16, 2016

Amish buggies at a hitching post outside a Nappanee grocery store, top, and the graffiti-covered Elkhart Art League building, which Elkhart parks officials want to demolish. By Tim Vandenack

Amish buggies at a hitching post outside a Nappanee grocery store, top, and the graffiti-covered Elkhart Art League building, which Elkhart parks officials want to demolish. By Tim Vandenack

Amish attitudes toward voting and the push to permit feral cats in Elkhart — those were a couple themes I’ve been focusing on the past few days.

We learned of a new group, the Amish PAC, a political action committee trying to promote presidential hopeful Donald Trump among the Amish, and I used that as a springboard to gauge voting attitudes of the sector here in Elkhart County. The Amish have a strong presence in northern Indiana, particularly Elkhart and LaGrange counties. I went to Nappanee to track some Amish down, and it turns out they’re not that interested in voting (they put their faith just in God):

The feral cat issue could be coming up in the Elkhart City Council, and that was the focus of another article. Elkhart City Council President Brian Thomas made a passing reference to the dismantling of a feral cat colony in the city, a turn that upset feline advocates. In talking to him afterward, I learned an ordinance was in the works that would permit such colonies, and working with an intern, Allison Todd, we sought out more:

Finally, controversy sprang over plans to demolish a graffiti-covered building in a city park used by the Elkhart Art League, a non-profit group that promotes the arts. The city maintains it’s in bad shape and wants to tear it down, but Art League reps say leave it alone, despite the colorful exterior (the result of a policy allowing graffiti art). Stay tuned on this one:

  • “Elkhart Art League, parks officials spar over future of graffiti-covered High Dive Park building,” Aug. 12, 2016

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There were Elkhart County angles as well to the GOP and Democratic national conventions

Monday Aug. 1, 2016

Me, Tim Vandenack, on WNIT's Politically Speaking, discussing the GOP and Democratic national conventions. Screen grab from program.

Me, Tim Vandenack, on WNIT’s Politically Speaking, discussing the GOP and Democratic national conventions. Screen grab from program.

The Republican and Democratic national conventions in July provided plenty of fodder for local coverage — reaction from locals taking part as delegates to what went down in Cleveland and Philadelphia.

With a Bernie Sanders delegate and Hillary Clinton super delegate from Elkhart County, covering the Democrats proved to be more interesting. At least there were a few more sparks than at GOP event, which resulted in the formal nomination of Donald Trump. I spoke with the local delegates by phone (didn’t make it outside the confines of Elkhart County), but it still offered a means to connect locals with national events.

I also served as a talking head on Politically Speaking, a political program on the local PBS station, WNIT, discussing the conventions (look here).

Here are links to two of my articles:

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U.S. Sen. Dan Coats: Tough to view Trump as presidential timber

 Wednesday Aug. 26, 2015

U.S. Sen. Dan Coats, left, and Elkhart GOP mayoral hopeful Tim Neese at a Neese fundraiser on Aug. 25, 2015. By Tim Vandenack

U.S. Sen. Dan Coats, left, and Elkhart GOP mayoral hopeful Tim Neese at a Neese fundraiser on Aug. 25, 2015. By Tim Vandenack

U.S. Dan Coats has his doubts about presidential hopeful Donald Trump.

“Hard for me personally to see him as commander-in-chief, president of the United States, leader of the free world,” Coats, a Republican, said Tuesday in Elkhart. He was here for a fundraiser for GOP Elkhart mayoral hopeful Tim Neese and I spoke with Coats there.

He’s riding high in the polls, but there’s no shortage of Trump naysayers.

Coats is at right in the picture above with Neese. They were at the Havilah Beardsley House here.

Read the full story here.

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