Iowa City Considers Sanctuary Law
While local governments across the U.S. work to contain the devastating impact of illegal immigration, lawmakers in one
Members of the City Council in
The city’s legal department is preparing the paperwork for council members to consider and several officials, including the police chief, have met to discuss offering illegal immigrants sanctuary. That means the city will shield illegal aliens from federal immigration authorities and no public resources—including police—will be used to enforce immigration laws.
Nationwide there are dozens of sanctuary cities that have shielded violent illegal aliens from deportation after arrests or criminal convictions because police are banned from inquiring about suspects’ immigration status. Judicial Watch has sued several major police departments—including
The Obama Justice Department has made clear that it will not take action against local governments that violate the federal statute by offering illegal immigrants sanctuary. The 14-year-old law (Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigration Responsibility Act of 1996) specifically requires states and municipalities to cooperate with federal authorities when it comes to immigration enforcement.
As a state,