Border crisis becomes flashpoint for Iowa GOP voters in caucus

DES MOINES, Iowa — In a state over one thousand miles away from the southern border with Mexico, immigration and the influx of immigrants became a top issue for GOP voters who participated in the Iowa caucuses on Monday, surpassing concerns about the economy. 

“The border is hitting our economy in every way,” said Patricia Lage, a voter from Spring Hill, Iowa, who served as a caucus captain for former President Donald Trump on Monday. 

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Lage acknowledged that while Iowa is far geographically from the southern border and she doesn’t see a ton of impact of the border crisis in the state, the issue is still a top concern for her.

“They are coming in and costing us money. … They shut down a school in New York to house these
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