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Lawmaker says Iowa City immigration action may prompt bill

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A Republican legislator says he likely would re-introduce legislation requiring state and local governments to cooperate with federal immigration officials if Iowa City opts not to enforce immigration laws.

Denison Rep. Steven Holt filed a bill during that last legislative session requiring local officials to work with immigration officers. Holt told The Des Moines Register (http://dmreg.co/2i5xGy4) he’ll feel compelled to introduce the bill again if the City Council in Iowa City approves a resolution preventing spending funds on immigration enforcement.

Iowa City Mayor Jim Throgmorton says the issue arose after the election of Donald Trump. The city attorney is drafting a resolution that will be presented to the council.

Although Holt’s bill failed last year, Republicans now control both chambers of the Legislature.

The session begins Monday.

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Information from: The Des Moines Register, http://www.desmoinesregister.com

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