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Iowa House approves ‘sanctuary city’ punishment

April 4, 2018

Des Moines Register,

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April 3, 2018-

A measure that would punish so-called sanctuary communities in Iowa took a major step forward Tuesday as lawmakers approved a bill that would cut off state funding to cities and counties that circumvent federal immigration laws. The Iowa House of Representatives approved Senate File 481 on a 55-45 vote as Latino activists watched from the upstairs visitor galleries, waving miniature U.S. and Iowa flags.

The bill now faces a final vote in the Iowa Senate, where it’s expected to be approved. “This legislation is about the rule of law and the safety of all people — citizens and immigrants alike,” said the bill’s floor manager, Rep. Steven Holt, R-Denison. But Democrats said the law would make communities less safe.  “Law enforcement officers and prosecutors will tell you that the way that you keep communities safe and people safe is you build trust between the local community and government and the people that it serves and protects,” said Rep. Todd Prichard, D-Charles City.

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