Efforts for immigration measure starting in Iowa
Des Moines , Iowa: Earlier this year, the state of Arizona passed a bill in legislative session that mandated state and local authorities to question a person's immigration status if there were any suspicions that they were illegal immigrants. The bill was signed on April 23, 2010 by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer. Now, residents in the state of Iowa want to do the same. Although there is no initiative and referendum process in the state, a citizens group is trying to collect 200,000 signatures in order to urge lawmakers to pass a similar law to the ballot for voters to decide in 2012. The group, according to reports, is called the Minutemen Patriots. Petitions have been sent to 81 counties in the state so far. Legislative session begins in January 2011.
The question may appear on the 2012 ballot in the state of Iowa as a legislative referral. Like the Arizona law, the measure would allow authorities in the state to check the immigration status of those they deem suspicious.