DES MOINES – The Iowa Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is pleading with citizens to call their Senators to urge them to vote against a sanctuary cities act the organization says punishes county jails for not honoring detainers for some jail inmates.
“Tell your senators not to penalize Iowa law enforcement, immigrants, and communities,” the Iowa ACLU said Monday. The Stop Sanctuary Cities Act, a bill that the ACLU claims “would wrongly penalize Iowa law enforcement, immigrants, and communities” is up for a Senate vote on October 19. The organization says U.S. Senator Charles Grassley “has a powerful role as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and he is supporting the bill.”
In urging calls and emails to Iowa senators to vote no on the Stop Sanctuary Cities Act, the ACLU says the bill would “punish at least 26 Iowa counties that have decided, out of their obligation to abide by the law and as a matter of sound public policy, to limit the circumstances under which they would honor detainer requests from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). These sheriff offices have declined to comply with ICE requests to unconstitutionally detain individuals beyond the amount of time already approved by a judge.”