Q: How long has the same coach been coaching the West High freshmen football team?
A: According to the West athletic director, this is the first year for the coach of the freshmen.
Q: Concerning Dreamers DACA program: How do they register, what do they register for, what does this program entail?
A: Young people who meet certain qualifications can apply for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program through U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. They have to meet certain qualifications regarding their age, when they were brought to the United States and having a clean record, among others. If they meet those requirements, they are eligible to stay and work in the United States, though they have no lawful status. Deferred Action is a use of prosecutorial discretion to defer removal of an individual for a certain period of time. People with DACA are granted the deferred action for two years, though it can be renewed. Because of executive changes, no new people may apply for DACA and renewals will be accepted through Oct. 5.
Q: What prohibited the Dreamers from filing for citizenship years ago?
A: It is nearly impossible for the children of immigrants who came here illegally to qualify for citizenship. A 1996 law, Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act, tightened restrictions for citizenship to the United States. The people who came here illegally now need a relative who is a citizen of the United States to sponsor their application for a green card, as well as some additional qualifications. For Dreamers, in particular, they were typically brought to the United States by a parent who was not here legally, making finding that relative-sponsor more difficult. Other avenues, like getting sponsored through an employer, are equally difficult for a person who is already living here illegally.
Q: Will medical marijuana help people with muscular dystrophy?
A: MD is not specifically on the list of conditions currently accepted for Iowans seeking to access to medical cannabidiol. But the neuromuscular disorder amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is included on the list. Iowa’s law established a board to recommend expansion or retraction of conditions eligible for medical cannabidiol, so the list could change in the future to include MD or other specific neuromuscular disorders. As for whether medical marijuana could help people with the disorder, that would be a question for your doctor.
Q: Does Rep. Steve King still display the confederate flag on his desk?
A: According to the Sioux City Journal in March, King removed the flag from his desk at Capitol Hill after the shooting deaths of two Des Moines area police officers last fall. The man allegedly responsible for their deaths had a history of racist incidents, including waving a Confederate flag at a high school football game. King said he was not responding to criticism when he decided to remove the flag but rather the police shooting and the suspect’s ties to the flag.