Shift in Immigration Attitudes


Tim Moothart sits with people from all around the world as they sample food from different countries.

He works at the presentation lantern center, a nonprofit in Dubuque that works with immigrants to help them to adjust to their new lives.

Tim said, “It’s a welcoming place and they’re always met at the door with a smile and a welcome.”

Over the past fifteen years 78 students have been tutored through the center, moving on to pass their citizenship exam.

That’s a 100 percent success rate.

While the center has taught these students many lessons, Tim has learned a thing or two as well.

“All of us can learn from people from other countries to make it even better.”

Tim knows this to be true, however under our current administration he has noticed a change in the stigma surrounding immigrants.

“They are staying undercover. They’ll go to work, hide, and then they’ll come home and hide.” 

Despite this fact, refugees like Taj are hopeful about the future and the work people like Tim are doing.

“Every time I go there I meet with the students there and share my experience and just feel like they could relate and I could. So we both are inspired.”

And as for Mollie’s case, Tim is optimistic about how her family has addressed the immigration issue.

“I was ecouraged by Mollie Tibbett’s father coming out to say that these people have it all wrong. These are fun loving, god worshiping, loving people.”


For Taj Suleyman’s full interview on his story as well as his views on immigration issues click here.


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Maggie is a junior at Loras College and is from Mokena, Illinois. She is an anchor, producer, and reporter for LCTV News majoring in media studies with a minor in Public Relations and Politics.

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