LULAC Warns Undocumented Immigrants About Iowa Arrests

Mar 8, 2017

A Latino advocacy group is warning undocumented immigrants in Iowa to watch out for federal agents, following a string of immigration arrests in the state.

The League of United Latin American Citizens of Iowa (LULAC) reported several recent arrests this week in a news release.

LULAC National Vice President for the Midwest Joe Enriquez Henry said he is concerned about possible racial profiling by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents.

“It’s very important for immigrants to be prepared, to make sure that if a family member does get detained, that there is information available to schools. [So] if parents are arrested, there is a safe place for the kids to go,” Enriquez Henry said. 

Federal agents arrested four undocumented immigrants working at Mills Manufacturing in northeast Iowa. According to court records, an investigation of employment documents led to those arrests and charges of document fraud.

LULAC said ICE agents have also arrested about a dozen undocumented immigrants near Des Moines.