Mexico will strengthen consular assistance and protection of its community in Iowa in the face of implementation of state legislation “Senate File 2340”

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The Government of Mexico, through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE), expresses its concern about the recent approval of the bill called Senate File 2340 in the state of Iowa, which will come into force on July 1.

Said legislation will classify as a serious crime undocumented reentry or remaining in the state after the denial of immigration relief. The law seeks the criminalization of the migrant population, as it will allow law enforcement officials at the local and state level to arrest immigrants for undocumented stay, and enables state judges to order deportations.

Through the Mexican Consulate in Omaha, prevention and information measures have been implemented so that Mexican people in the state know their rights, and what consular assistance and legal advice tools they can resort to. They will redouble their meetings with allied authorities and civil rights groups to strengthen their presence in the state, they will provide free legal advice through the lawyers of the External Legal Advisory Program (PALE) and they will carry out, with the support of local allies, free immigration diagnostic days. Likewise, our community can contact the Information and Assistance Center for Mexican Persons (CIAM) 24 hours a day, where they will find official, safe and reliable information about this legislation and the consular services and actions that we make available to them.

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, through its consular representation in Iowa, will be attentive to respond to any violation and, as it has done in response to similar initiatives, will explore legal resources that contribute to the defense of the rights of Mexican people in the state.

Mexico reiterates its priority to the protection of the rights of its community abroad.

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