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Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds signs law allowing police to arrest migrants 

Republican Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a bill Wednesday that allows state authorities to arrest immigrants who have previously been refused entry or deported from the United States.

“The Biden administration is failing to enforce our nation’s immigration laws, putting the protection and safety of Iowans at risk,” Reynolds said in a statement announcing the signing of SF2340.

“People who enter our country illegally are breaking the law, yet Biden refuses to deport them. It authorizes the enforcement of the immigration laws contained in the Act.


In a statement released Wednesday, Reynolds accused the Biden administration of failing to enforce immigration laws. des moines register

A new law passed by the Iowa Legislature last month makes it an aggravated misdemeanor for immigrants who have an outstanding removal order, were previously deported, or are being deported to remain in the Hawkeye State, punishable by up to two years in prison. He was sentenced to punishment. The point at which you are prohibited from entering the United States.

The law, which goes into effect July 1, upgrades a person’s previous removal order to a felony if that person’s previous removal order was related to a drug crime, crime against person, or any felony conviction.

Police are prohibited from arresting immigrants suspected of violating the law in places of worship, schools, medical facilities, etc.

According to the provisions of the law, arrested individuals may be allowed by a judge to leave the country without being charged.

The president of the American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa last month denounced the bill as one of the “most extreme, discriminatory and unconstitutional anti-immigrant bills” in the country, calling it “wreaking havoc” on citizens and non-citizens alike. insisted. .


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The new law makes it a felony for immigrants who have previously been denied entry to or deported from the U.S. to remain in Iowa. AP

“Iowa law enforcement and state judges authorized to enforce this outrageous bill have no training in immigration law and are unable to enforce the law,” Mark Stringer, executive director of the ACLU of Iowa, said in a statement. “We don’t have the proper authority to enforce it.”

“This law encourages and promotes racial profiling and stereotyping. It undermines rather than promotes public safety and the rule of law,” he added. “It would consume already strained state court and law enforcement resources.”

The law, which is similar to Texas’ SB4 law, makes illegally crossing the border a state crime and allows state authorities to arrest, imprison, prosecute, and deport immigrants who enter the country between ports of entry. I admit it.

The Texas law, part of Republican Gov. Greg Abbott’s “Operation Lone Star” initiative, has been blocked by an appeals court pending a lawsuit.

The Justice Department argued that the Texas law violates the U.S. Constitution, arguing that its founding documents give the federal government sole authority to enforce federal immigration law.

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