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The Iowa state Senate approved a bill known as, "Senate File 481" (SF 481) near the end of its 2017 session on a 32-15 vote. All of the Republicans and four Democrats voted for it. If enacted, SF 481 will prohibit Iowa’s city and county governments from employing sanctuary policies to provide safe havens for undocumented aliens.

SF 481 might not pass in the state House. Although the Republicans currently have a 58-41 majority in the House, all of the House seats are up for election in 2018.

And SF 481 will face serious legal challenges if it is enacted.

Key SF 481 provisions.

SF 481 would require local governments to comply with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) immigration detainerrequests, and prohibit them from preventing their police departments from:

  • Inquiring about the immigration status of a person under lawful detention or under arrest;
  • Maintaining or sharing immigration information with another local government or a federal or state governmental entity;
  • Assisting ICE with its enforcement responsibilities, as reasonable or necessary; or
  • Permitting ICE to enter and conduct enforcement activities at a jail or other detention facility.

SF 481 also responds to the concern that, if police cooperate with ICE, undocumented aliens will be afraid to report crimes. To address this, it prohibits police from finding out whether someone reporting or providing information about a crime is an undocumented alien.

Read more at http://thehill.com/opinion/immigrati...ty-law-for-now

About the author.
Nolan Rappaport was detailed to the House Judiciary Committee as an executive branch immigration law expert for three years; he subsequently served as an immigration counsel for the Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security and Claims for four years. Prior to working on the Judiciary Committee, he wrote decisions for the Board of Immigration Appeals for 20 years.