To Republicans in control of Iowa government: Please consider carefully your votes on the proposal to make Iowa local law enforcement beholden to federal anti-immigration policies and their implementation. This proposal looks and smells like lock-step party loyalty rather than representation of either traditional Republican principles or the citizens and taxpayers of Iowa. It used to be that Republicans stood for local control. This has certainly not been the case since the party took over at the federal level, nor are these principles at work in the state of Iowa.
The initiative to require local law enforcement to “work with” federal immigration officials is a classic case of a power grab at both the federal and state levels. More important than this traditionally “conservative” principle, it would be an unfunded mandate with absolutely no understanding of the cost to Iowa citizens either in reduced law enforcement responsiveness, additional staffing, or detention costs. We don’t know anything about what federal officials are going to ask of local law enforcement except that the use of local resources will increase. How much will that be and in what areas? To line up with unknown federal requirements at completely unknown costs is not state leadership, it is paying court. It is irresponsible.
Karl A. Hickerson