By Rich A Rosendahl
Yesterday, the day before we mark 50 years since the assignation of Civil Rights icon MLK, jr., the Iowa house votes 55-45 in favor of a bill rooted in Racism and Xenophobia (54 Republicans, 1 Democrat) The anti-immigration bill they approved, SF 481, is commonly known as a Sanctuary City Ban. While a handful of states also have similar laws, the constitutionality of them is under intense scrutiny – not to mention the inhumanity of this type of legislation. The bill will now be sent back to the Iowa Senate where it is expected to be easily passed.
What this means is local agencies (including Police depts) who are opposed to the often Racist, Xenophobic and unconstitutional actions of Federal Agencies like ICE (separating children from their parents, deporting Military Vets, etc) are now being told they will lose state funding for acting in manner that is in the best interest of their community. In other words, doing the right thing, the safe thing could cost agencies the funding they need to keep Iowa communities safe.
Why has this happened? Well, fear is an easy sell. And if you are interested in how your representative embraced this fear, Racism and Xenophobia, below I have listed 1) An interactive Map to see who your Rep is and 2) a List of all Reps who voted ‘Yes’ in favor of this bill.
If you feel a bill like this does not represent Iowa and our values let’s join together in Voting these politicians out of office. You can also check out my brief video on Why We Need Sanctuary Cities
FIND YOUR REP (Click to View Interactive Map)
REPS WHO VOTED ‘YES’