Posted on May 13, 2024

DOJ Sues Iowa Over State Immigration Law

Rebecca Beitsch, The Hill, May 9, 2024

The Justice Department on Thursday sued Iowa over a recent law that forbids people from being in the state if they were previously denied entry into the United States.

Iowa’s Senate File 2340 makes it a crime for a person to be in Iowa if they were previously removed from the U.S. or have outstanding deportation orders.

“Iowa cannot disregard the U.S. Constitution and settled Supreme Court precedent,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Brian M. Boynton, head of the Justice Department’s Civil Division.


The suit comes after the Justice Department warned Iowa last week that it would launch litigation if the state implemented the law, noting the Supreme Court has previously determined only the federal government has the power to enforce immigration laws.


The Iowa law follows the passage of a similar law in Texas, which granted local law enforcement the power to effectively carry out immigration duties and deport those perceived to be migrants to Mexico, regardless of their country of origin.

The DOJ likewise sued over that law, which has been put on hold while litigation continues.