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Governor Signs Bill Allowing Iowa Judges to Issue Deportation Orders

Governor Kim Reynolds has signed a bill into law that lets Iowa law enforcement arrest and deport people who are in the country illegally. 

Reynolds says the law will give Iowa the power to enforce U.S. immigration law – something she says President Biden is unwilling to do. 

The law, which will go into effect July 1st, would let Iowa judges issue deportation orders. It’s similar to a Texas law that’s on hold due to a court challenge and a lawsuit may block Iowa’s new law as well. 

Last month, after the bill cleared the legislature, the executive director of the ACLU of Iowa said the policy would consume already strapped law enforcement resources and lead to racial profiling. Federal courts have previously ruled that the federal government has sole authority to enforce immigration laws. Reynolds says the Biden Administration is failing at that task and putting the protection and safety of Iowans at risk.


story courtesy of Radio Iowa; photo courtesy of Governor Reynold’s Office

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