Iowa joins Texas in seeking own solution to illegal immigration after lack of federal action

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DES MOINES, IA - States across the nation are considering measures similar to the Texas immigration law, reflecting a trend among Republican-dominated legislatures.

From Idaho to South Carolina, lawmakers have proposed legislation mirroring elements of the Texas law, indicating a coordinated effort to assert state authority in immigration enforcement.

While some states, like Iowa, have seen these proposals enacted, others, such as Arizona, faced obstacles such as gubernatorial vetoes or legislative inaction.

Governor Kim Reynolds of Iowa, similar to her Texas counterpart, supports these measures as responses to perceived federal inaction on illegal immigration. With concerns over border security prominent, Republican-led states like Iowa are taking steps to enforce immigration laws and protect their sovereignty.

Despite criticism from opponents who see such measures as discriminatory and unconstitutional, sponsors argue for state action in response to what they characterize as an "invasion" at the border.

However, the legality and practicality of these state-level interventions are disputed. Legal experts reference past challenges, such as Arizona's 2010 immigration law, which faced scrutiny from the Supreme Court.

While the Texas case awaits resolution in court, the potential for a reevaluation of federal control over immigration policy looms, potentially reshaping immigration enforcement.

In Iowa, the passage of Senate File 2340 highlights the state's commitment to proactive immigration enforcement, despite concerns about its impact on immigrant communities.

Advocates argue it upholds the rule of law and ensures safety and security. They emphasize it does not target law-abiding immigrants but addresses challenges posed by illegal immigration.

The bill, Senate File 2340, received attention as it moved through the Iowa legislature, passing 64-30 in the House along party lines.

It aims to classify entry or presence in Iowa by individuals previously denied admission, deported, or facing removal from the U.S. as an aggravated misdemeanor.

Additionally, those with outstanding orders to leave or past criminal convictions could face penalties.

The proposed law grants state courts the authority to order deportation of undocumented immigrants within Iowa, enabling law enforcement and state agencies to ensure compliance by transporting migrants to ports of entry.

Noncompliance could result in felony charges for undocumented individuals.

Representative Sami Scheetz cautioned against overreaching state government intervention, viewing immigration primarily as a federal issue.

Despite criticism, supporters argue for state action due to perceived federal inaction.

They assert states have a constitutional right to enforce measures against what they term as "invasions," including high levels of illegal immigration.

Proponents argue it's essential for states to safeguard sovereignty and citizen safety.

As Iowa joins states taking assertive measures on immigration, debates on the balance between state and federal authority intensify.

The bill's passage underscores Iowa's commitment to proactive immigration enforcement, amid ongoing national discourse on border security and immigration policy.

“The Biden Administration has failed to enforce our nation’s immigration laws, putting the protection and safety of Iowans at risk,” Gov. Kim Reynolds stated in a news release. “Those who come into our country illegally have broken the law, yet Biden refuses to deport them.”

“This bill gives Iowa law enforcement the power to do what he is unwilling to do: enforce immigration laws already on the books.”
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Article 1, Section 8 grants Congress, aka the legislative branch of the Federal government, the power "To establish a uniform rule of naturalization". NO WHERE in the Constitution is the Federal government granted exclusive power to enforce Federal law, nor are the States prohibited from enforcing Federal law. It is also notable that NO WHERE is the Executive branch granted the power to set immigration policy. That power is granted ONLY to Congress and States have the power to enforce Federal laws.


Stop referring to them as Undocumented.. That is a leftist strategy to diminish what they are. Illegal Aliens. Illegal Aliens was the Federal Government’s official title of this group of people. It’s 1984 Speak. Now they want to call them “new comers “ Stop falling for this.

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