Iowa governor signs ‘illegal reentry’ migrant bill into law 

A new bill signed by Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) on Wednesday makes it illegal for people who have previously been denied entry to the United States or been deported from the state to remain in the state. be.

The bill — SF 2340 — would do that. national crime Persons with outstanding removal orders, previously removed from the United States, or previously denied entry to Iowa may remain in Iowa. The law states that once a suspect is in custody, he or she must consent to a judge’s order to leave the country or face further charges.

The judge’s order must include information about the means of transportation the person will use to get to the port of entry and the law enforcement officer or agency responsible for ensuring that the person complies with the order.

The law is reminiscent of a Texas law that gives state law enforcement the power to arrest people suspected of entering the country illegally. The Texas law is currently blocked in court and faces a legal battle.

Mr Reynolds said in a statement After signing the bill, she argued that it would give law enforcement more authority to enforce existing immigration laws.

“The Biden administration is failing to enforce our nation’s immigration laws, putting the protection and safety of Iowans at risk. Undocumented immigrants are breaking the law, yet Biden refuses to deport them. This bill would give Iowa law enforcement the power to do what he doesn’t want to do: enforce immigration laws that are already on the books.”

The bill will come into effect on July 1st.

The bill has already faced criticism from activists and immigrants living in Iowa. The advocacy group Iowa Immigrants for Justice vowed to fight the new law in a statement Wednesday.

“Iowa politicians have used this ridiculous tactic in an election year to perpetuate partisan campaign rhetoric, incite fear in immigrant communities, and leverage fear and anti-immigrant sentiment to mobilize voters.” We have brought forward action. Immigrant rights organizations stand ready to fight back and work to prevent enforcement of this unconstitutional law.” statement read.

Mark Stringer, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa, said: said the law The bill was one of the “most extreme, discriminatory and unconstitutional anti-immigrant bills” in the country when the Iowa Legislature approved it last month.

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