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  1. Iowa better off holding fire on anti-sanctuary city law ó for now. By Nolan Rappaport

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    The Iowa state Senate approved a bill known as, "Senate File 481" (SF 481) near the end of its 2017 session on a 32-15 vote. All of the Republicans and four Democrats voted for it. If enacted, SF 481 will prohibit Iowaís city and county governments from employing sanctuary policies to provide safe havens for undocumented aliens.

    SF 481 might not pass in the state House. Although the Republicans currently have a 58-41 majority in the House, all of the House seats are up for election in 2018.

    And SF 481 will face serious legal challenges if it is enacted.

    Key SF 481 provisions.

    SF 481 would require local governments to comply with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) immigration detainerrequests, and prohibit them from preventing their police departments from:

    • Inquiring about the immigration status of a person under lawful detention or under arrest;
    • Maintaining or sharing immigration information with another local government or a federal or state governmental entity;
    • Assisting ICE with its enforcement responsibilities, as reasonable or necessary; or
    • Permitting ICE to enter and conduct enforcement activities at a jail or other detention facility.

    SF 481 also responds to the concern that, if police cooperate with ICE, undocumented aliens will be afraid to report crimes. To address this, it prohibits police from finding out whether someone reporting or providing information about a crime is an undocumented alien.


    About the author.
    Nolan Rappaport was detailed to the House Judiciary Committee as an executive branch immigration law expert for three years; he subsequently served as an immigration counsel for the Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security and Claims for four years. Prior to working on the Judiciary Committee, he wrote decisions for the Board of Immigration Appeals for 20 years.

    Updated 12-28-2017 at 03:00 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs


    by , 12-28-2017 at 01:16 PM (Chris Musillo on Nurse and Allied Health Immigration)
    by Chris Musillo

    New York State is the first state in the US to require a Bachelors of Science in Nursing for all nurses. The BSN must be obtained within 10 years of practice, starting with nurses first licensed in New York in Summer 2019. All currently-licensed New York State nurses are grandfathered into the current licensing systems and do not have to obtain BSNs.

    This new educational requirement may allow foreign nurses who apply for nursing licenses in the US to apply for the H-1B visa. The H-1B is normally of limited value to foreign nurses because the USCIS often denies H-1B RN petitions. However, with the new BSN requirement, the USCIS may approve H-1B petitions filed on behalf of foreign-educated nurses. It remains to be seen how the USCIS updates its policy in light of the updated New York State licensing requirement.


    Please read the Musillo Unkenholt Healthcare and Immigration Law Blog at and You can also visit us on Facebook, Twitter and LinknedIn.
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