State Representative Skyler Wheeler floated an idea for a bill he is considering filing called the Open Borders, Open Windows, Open Doors bill at the Sioux County Conservatives Pizza & Policy event last week.
“If you’re an advocate of open borders, that’s great, that’s fine, but you are not allowed to have locks on your windows or doors in your place of residence,” Wheeler said. “I think that open borders policy is extremely dangerous.”
Rep. Wheeler also talked about the need to reform the judicial nominating process in Iowa and to amend the Iowa Constitution to make it neutral on abortion.
“The state supreme court of Iowa is making the case there’s a right to abortion in the state constitution,” he said. “That’s not true at all. We might have to file an amendment that says you don’t have an inalienable right to abort your child. It doesn’t say you can’t, it just says you don’t have a right to do it.”
Wheeler filed House File 62 last week, which creates a capital murder offense by establishing the penalty of death for murder in the first degree. The bill would amend the criminal code to provide the death penalty for capital murder committed by a person 18 or older if the jury — or the judge if there is no jury — believes the defendant should be put to death.
“Iowa hasn’t had the death penalty since the 1970s or 1980s,” Wheeler said. “In the case of Jodi Huisentruit, let’s say we find out who murdered her but don’t know where the body is. If the family says they want to know where the body is then we can go ahead and spare the guy’s life if he gives up the body.
“There is also the Biblical justice side of this. I will argue every single time the Bible 100 percent supports the death penalty. I believe it’s a good public policy to have as well.”