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Community members protest new Iowa immigration law

Quad Cities Interfaith

A community group in the Quad Cities held a vigil this week to protest a new law in Iowa that targets immigrants.

The "Vigil for Human Dignity" was one of several held by different organizations across the state. It's for people who oppose a new law that will allow state and local police to arrest undocumented immigrants who illegally re-entered the country, and authorize state courts to deport them.

Quad Cities Interfaith, the group that hosted the vigil in Davenport, called the law "discriminatory" and said it will lead to racial profiling.

Mayra Hernandez is acting director of Quad Cities Interfaith.

"Citizens who were born here, who have gained U.S. citizenship, simply because of how they may look, they may still be susceptible to racial profiling."

Governor Kim Reynolds signed the bill into law last month and it will take effect July 1st. She said the Biden Administration has failed to enforce immigration laws.

On Friday, the Des Moines Register reported the U.S. Department of Justice wrote a letter to Governor Reynolds saying it intends to block the law in court.

Rachel graduated from Michigan State University's J-School and has a background in broadcast and environmental journalism. Before WVIK, she worked for WKAR Public Media, Great Lakes Now, and more. In her free time, she likes to cook, hike, and hang out with her cat.