Refugees Enrich Iowa

Former Des Moines Register president, Michael Gartner, talks about the impact of Tai Dam refugees from Southeast Asia on Iowa in 1979.


So, Iowa was fortunate. The refugees were fortunate. I mean, it made Iowa a much better state, much better state, a broader state, a more interesting state, a more diverse state. And what it did for these people's lives…Every once in a while you'll run into one. And they cry when they tell you what their life was like and what it's like—became after they moved here.

A Promise Called Iowa