4/5/18 – The Republican-controlled legislature has advanced a bill that threatens public safety by encouraging cooperation between local Iowa law enforcement and the federal agency, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The bill, SF481, now awaits the signature of Republican Governor Kim Reynolds, who has indicated that she will sign the bill into law. If the Governor signs the bill, the law is set to go into effect in July 1, 2018.
“This bill does not reflect Iowa values and we will continue to defend each other because we believe that we all belong. You are welcome here. We will continue to fight for your rights.” said American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) Iowa Director, Erica Johnson. “Our country has seen unjust laws in the past. And just like we did then, we will stand up against SF481 and call for dignity and justice for all people in Iowa, regardless of immigration status.”
AFSC Iowa, along with community partners and organizations all across the state, plan to continue organizing the immigrant community and allies to push back against SF481. Until the bill is signed into law, individuals are asked to contact Governor Reynolds to ask her to “Veto SF481.” She can be reached at Gov.firstname.lastname@example.org or Catherine.email@example.com or 515-281-5211. To find out more or to get involved, email AFSCdesm@afsc.org or visit American Friends Service Committee-Iowa on Facebook.
The American Friends Service Committee is a Quaker organization that includes people of various faiths who are committed to social justice, peace and humanitarian service. Its work is based on the belief in the worth of every person and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice.