Reynolds Signs Legislation Authorizing Arrests, Deportations Of Illegal Immigrants

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) recently signed legislation allowing state authorities to arrest and deport illegal immigrants in The Hawkeye State who were previously deported or denied entry into the U.S.

The Daily Wire reported that the measure was passed in March 2024 by Iowa’s legislature, controlled by Republicans. Several Democrats in the state joined Republicans in sending the bill to Reynold’s desk.

The new law is scheduled to take effect on July 1, 2024. It makes it illegal for unlawful migrants to reenter the U.S. Offenders could face up to two years behind bars and deportation, according to the Iowa Public Radio.

Shortly after signing the legislation, Reynolds blamed the Biden administration for the southern border crisis.

“The Biden Administration has failed to enforce our nation’s immigration laws, putting the protection and safety of Iowans at risk,” the Iowa governor said.

“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,” she added.

Illegal immigrants who enter the country unlawfully could be guilty of a Class C felony and face up to 10 years in prison under the new law. The measure also requires judges in Iowa to submit an order for an individual who illegally entered the U.S. to be sent back to their home country.

The Daily Wire pointed out that the new law bears striking similarities to a Texas immigration measure currently being fought against in court by the Biden administration which allows state authorities to arrest and deport illegal immigrants for unlawfully entering the country.

Following Texas’ implementation of the immigration law, the Biden administration, alongside liberal organizations, sought legal action, citing the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution. The plaintiffs argued that Texas law interferes with federal law.

“This law ignores the fact of federal preemption, and it’s purely a political stunt in an election year that’s meant to drive fear and just perpetuate hateful campaign rhetoric,” the executive director of the Iowa Migrant Movement for Justice, Erica Johnson, said.