LULAC opposes "Hate" in Iowa Legislature - SF 481

LULAC Council 307 opposes bill targeting immigrants, sanctuary cities

 DES MOINES – The League of United Latin American Citizens Council 307 has announced its opposition to Senate File 481, known as the “Sanctuary Cities Bill.”

 The bill, if approved, would prohibit local governments, cities or counties, from adopting or enforcing policies that discourage enforcement of immigration laws. It also would penalize those cities or counties that do by making them ineligible to receive any state funds.

 “The statute is unconstitutional and the most anti-immigrant legislation proposed to date in Iowa,” said Joe Henry, LULAC National vice president of the Midwest and President of Council 307.

 Latinx Immigrants of Iowa has started an online petition to oppose SF 481. The petition now has more than 14,000 Iowans’ signatures against the legislation.

 “Our businesses and community are against this bill that promotes hate, racism and lies against anyone who is different,” said Jose Alvarado, an organizer with Latinx Immigrants of Iowa. “Anyone who stands out as different will be targeted. This bill does not represent Iowa. It is not what a good Christian would do to another. We are all one under Iowa. Our races and colors should not divide us.”

 Henry said the bill would result in further breakdown of trust between law enforcement officials and the immigrant community by creating more discrimination and victimization.

“LULAC will continue its fight in federal court if this hateful bill is passed by the Iowa Legislature and if Gov. Kim Reynolds signs it into law,” he said.

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The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is the nation’s largest and oldest civil rights volunteer-based organization that empowers Hispanic Americans and builds strong Latino communities. Headquartered in Washington, DC, with 1,000 councils around the United States and Puerto Rico, LULAC’s programs, services and advocacy address the most important issues for Latinos, meeting critical needs of today and the future. For more information, visit www.IowaLatinos.org.
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