DOJ Threatens Iowa With Lawsuit

DOJ Threatens Iowa With Lawsuit

( – On Friday, May 3, the Justice Department (DOJ) warned Iowa that it would bring a lawsuit against the state if it enacted an immigration rule that would prohibit people from being in the state if they had been denied United States entry in the past. 

The DOJ has told state Attorney General Brenna Bird and Gov. Kim Reynolds that they would bring forward a lawsuit if the state did not agree before May 7 to halt enforcement of the bill SF 2340, which would make it a crime for anyone who had previously been removed from the U.S. or is facing deportation from being in Iowa. Reynolds, however, argued that the law would be implemented as her “duty” was to Iowa residents and their safety.

In a post on X, Reynolds argued that the only reason they needed to pass this law was because the Biden administration is not enforcing the immigration laws that are currently in place. She argued that she has a duty to the Iowa citizens to keep them protected and that, unlike the Biden administration, she would be enforcing the rule of law. 

The Des Moines Register was the first to report on the Department of Justice letter, which asserted that the law was in violation of the Immigration and Nationality Act as well as the Constitution. 

U.S. Attorney General principal deputy assistant Brian Boynton argued that SF 2340 was in violation of the Constitution. He added that in essence, the law was creating a “separate state immigration scheme” which would be intruding into the federal government’s field.

With the May 7 deadline passed, it’s unclear so far whether the federal government intends to follow through on its threat.

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