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DOJ Warns It Will Sue If Iowa Tries To Enforce Its New Immigration Law

May 03, 2024 (1 min read)

Galen Bacharier, Des Moines Register, May 3, 2024

"The U.S. Department of Justice will sue Iowa to block a new immigration law criminalizing "illegal reentry" if it remains in effect, a top DOJ official wrote to Gov. Kim Reynolds and Attorney General Brenna Bird Thursday.  In a letter obtained by the Des Moines Register, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Brian Boynton wrote that the department "intends to bring a lawsuit to enforce the supremacy of federal law and to enjoin" the new immigration law passed as Senate File 2340.  "SF 2340 is preempted by federal law and violates the United States Constitution," Boynton wrote.  He gave the state a deadline of May 7 to suspend enforcement of the law before the DOJ takes action."