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Iowa Gov. Signs SB4 Copycat Law

April 11, 2024 (1 min read)

Robin Opsahl, Iowa Capital Dispatch, Apr. 10, 2024

"Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a series of bills Wednesday, including a measure making illegal immigration a state crime in Iowa based on a Texas law currently being challenged in court. Senate File 2340 gives Iowa law enforcement officers the ability to charge people with an aggravated misdemeanor if they have been denied admission, deported or otherwise removed from the U.S., or if they currently have an order to leave the country. State judges courts will be allowed to order the deportation of undocumented immigrants, and state agencies and law enforcement will have the ability to transport migrants to U.S. ports of entry to ensure they exit the country, with felony charges possible for not complying with an order to leave. ... The law is set to go into effect July 1. However, the measure could be challenged in court: The legislation was modeled after a Texas law SB4]  passed in 2023 allowing state-level enforcement of federal immigration laws, which is currently being challenged by the U.S. Justice Department and civil rights organizations in a federal court of appeals on constitutional grounds. In late March, Reynolds announced that she plans to deploy 115 Iowa National Guard troops and 10 Iowa Department of Public Safety officers to Texas to support the state’s law enforcement efforts along the U.S.-Mexico border. The Iowa Migrant Movement for Justice, an immigrant rights’ organization, called the law a “ridiculous political stunt” in a news release Wednesday, saying Reynolds is hurting both Iowa immigrants by signing the bill."