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Migrants are worried about an immigration bill in Iowa that mirrors Texas SB 4

2024-04-04T14:07:47+00:00
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  • An immigration bill in Iowa mirrors Texas SB 4.
  • Latino communities mobilize against new legislation.
  • Local authorities and migrants seek solutions.

Alarms are going off as yet another anti-immigrant bill is advancing in a Republican-led state.

This bill in Iowa seeks to authorize the state to arrest and deport certain immigrants, similar to Texas SB 4.

The proposal is causing anxiety and concern in migrant communities who wonder if they should consider leaving the state.

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Immigration bill in Iowa worries migrants

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This legislation is expected to be signed by Republican Governor Kim Reynolds.

The initiative would make it a state crime for a person to remain in Iowa if they have previously been denied entry or expelled from the United States.

This mirrors the Texas law that is currently being disputed by the Department of Justice.

Faced with this situation, Latino and immigrant groups in Iowa are organizing meetings and providing informational materials for people who may be affected.

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Community groups are requesting official statements from local law enforcement agencies and seeking face-to-face meetings to address their concerns about the immigration bill in Iowa.

A meeting was recently held at the Des Moines public library in which about 80 people gathered.

Community organizer Fabiola Schirrmeister answered several questions posed by the participants.

According to The Associated Press, these questions reflected the uncertainty and fear that some immigrants feel.

Uncertainty in the migrant community

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One of the issues revolved around the safety of calling the police, the possibility of Iowa police questioning their immigration status and the implications of being racially profiled.

Erica Johnson, CEO of the Iowa Migrant Justice Movement, expressed concern about whether migrants should leave Iowa.

This reflects the pain and uncertainty this bill is generating in the immigrant community.

Des Moines Police Chief Dana Wingert emphasized that immigration status is not a factor in the department’s work to keep the community safe.

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Wingert rejected the idea of ​​adding this aspect to local law enforcement responsibilities during the meeting.

Nationally, Republican leaders have taken the stance that “every state is a border state.”

They have criticized President Biden, alleging that he’s neglecting to enforce federal immigration laws.

This has led Republican governors to take measures, such as sending troops to support the governor of Texas in his so-called Operation Lone Star.

Doubts in the migrant community

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Republican legislator Steve Holt, one of the bill’s sponsors in Iowa, argued that the state has a responsibility to protect against what he considers a «clear and present danger.»

However, legislators recognize the constitutional issues and complications that could arise in implementation of this bill.

According to The Associated Press immigration law experts have noted that deportations are a complex and costly federal process.

This raises questions about how Iowa law enforcement agencies would determine whether someone has entered the state in violation of an immigration order.

The response to the immigration bill in Iowa

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In addition, there are many questions about how such a law would be enforced.

Amid this uncertainty, immigrant communities in Iowa are mobilizing and expressing their opposition to the criminalization of immigration.

They emphasize that this is a humanitarian issue and that key sectors of the state economy depend on migrant labor.

Despite the challenges posed by this immigration bill in Iowa, these communities are determined to continue fighting for their rights and their place in society.

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