DOJ threatens to sue Iowa over immigration law

by ian

The Department of Justice is threatening to sue Iowa over the state’s immigration laws. The DOJ is giving Iowa until May 7 to halt its new senate bill aimed at curbing the flow of illegal immigrants.

More specifically, the law gives authority to state and local law enforcement to arrest illegal immigrants who have been previously deported or banned from entering the United States.

In response to the DOJ’s threat, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds says the state is only doing this because the Biden administration “refuses to enforce the laws already on the books.” The DOJ argues that the state law violates the Immigration and Nationality Act and “intrudes into a field that is occupied by the government and is preempted.”

Iowa follows Texas with its new legislation, and they are not the only ones. Arizona Republicans want to pass similar legislation to protect their borders as well.