Iowa enacts law allowing police to arrest, deport some illegal immigrants

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds (R) signed a bill Wednesday that authorizes state police to: arrest and deportation Certain illegal immigrants.

The law, which goes into effect July 1, makes it a felony for an individual who has an outstanding removal order or was previously deported or barred from entering the state to remain in Iowa. Individuals charged with this crime may be sentenced to up to two years in prison.

The charge is upgraded to a felony if the individual’s previous deportation order was related to a drug offense or crime against persons, or if the individual has a felony conviction. The law stipulates that suspects may not be arrested in places of worship, schools, medical facilities, or facilities for sexual assault victims.

of Senate File 2340 Judges have said they can choose to allow immigrants to leave the country instead of facing charges.

“The Biden administration is failing to enforce our nation’s immigration laws, putting the protection and safety of Iowans at risk,” Reynolds said.

“People who enter our country illegally are breaking the law, yet Biden refuses to deport them. “It provides the authority to enforce the immigration laws contained in the Act,” Reynolds added.

State Sen. Janice Weiner, a Democrat, criticized the bill as a “political stunt and false promises that don’t contain needed resources.” new york times report.

“This is a onerous bill,” Weiner argued.

Mark Stringer, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa, also opposed the bill, saying, “Iowa law enforcement and state judges authorized to enforce this outrageous bill must be trained in immigration law.” and there is no appropriate authority to enforce it.”

Stringer claims the new law will encourage “racial profiling and stereotyping” while undermining “public safety and the rule of law.”

“It would consume already strained state court and law enforcement resources,” he argued.

Stringer called it one of the “most extreme, discriminatory and unconstitutional anti-immigrant bills” in the country.

State Representative Stephen Holt (R), who sponsored the bill, called on states to take action.

“Many other states are standing up to protect their sovereignty, and the people of Iowa and the state of Iowa must do the same,” Holt said.

The bill is similar to Texas Senate Bill 4, which is currently tied up in the court system following a lawsuit from the Biden administration’s Justice Department.

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