Signed into Law: Iowa Bans Immigration “Sanctuary City” Policies

DES MOINES, Iowa (April 12, 2018) – On Tuesday, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a bill into law in effect prohibiting so-called “sanctuary cities” that refuse to help enforce some federal immigration laws.

Senate Local Government Committee introduced Senate Bill 481 (SF481) on March 7. Under the new law, “a local entity shall not adopt or enforce a policy or take any other action under which the local entity prohibits or discourages the enforcement of immigration laws.” The law also bars local agencies from prohibiting or discouraging law enforcement officers and other officials from inquiring about the immigration status of a person under arrest or detention, or from sharing such information with federal authorities.

Local entities violating the law will lose state funds.

The law contains provisions barring discrimination and prohibits the collection of information from a crime victim or witness “including the victim’s, witness’, or person’s national origin, that is not pertinent to the investigation of the alleged public offense.”

By Jan. 1, all Iowa state and local law enforcement agencies must formalize in writing any unwritten, informal policies relating to the enforcement of immigration laws and update the agency’s policies to be consistent with the …

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