- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 18, 2017

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Iowa City leaders have decided the city won’t help federal officials enforce immigration law.

The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday for a resolution that says the city - with few exceptions - will take no law enforcement action and won’t spend any city money to aid federal officials.

The city began discussing the policy in early December after several community members requested that Iowa City become a “sanctuary city.” The council decided at a previous meeting not to declare itself a sanctuary city, the Iowa Press-Citizen (https://icp-c.com/2j9XMMU ) reported.

The resolution says the enforcement exceptions include public safety threats as determined by local police and situations in which cooperation with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement would be necessary to protect the public.

The resolution also says the “power to regulate immigration is exclusive to the federal government” and notes that no federal law requires city police to help enforce immigration law. City employees will not be prohibited from sending or receiving information to federal officials regarding the immigration status of any person.

Mayor Jim Throgmorton said he was proud to support the resolution.

“We intend to keep (Iowa City) a safe and welcoming place for all of its residents and visitors. As some of our speakers said, if some undocumented immigrants fear they will be deported simply for being undocumented, they will avoid reporting to the police crimes they witness or have committed against them. This would make all of our residents feel less safe,” Throgmorton said.

According to Throgmorton, a majority of the calls and written comments urging the city to not consider the resolution came from outside Iowa City.


Information from: Iowa City Press-Citizen, https://www.press-citizen.com/

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