Indiana joins lawsuit against sanctuary city ordinance

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A judge has allowed the state of Indiana to be added to a lawsuit that alleges a city’s sanctuary city ordinance violates state law.

The (Northwest Indiana) Times reports that Attorney General Curtis T. Hill has allowed the state to become a plaintiff in the case against the city of Gary.

Gary enacted a “welcoming city” ordinance in May 2017. The ordinance prohibits local officials from investigating an individual’s legal status unless required by a court order.

Attorney James Bopp Jr. filed a lawsuit in December alleging the ordinance violates Indiana law. State law bans ordinances prohibiting local officials from cooperating with federal officials enforcing U.S. immigration laws.

Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson declined to comment on the state’s intervention. But she says there’s currently no discussion about repealing the ordinance.

Information from: The Times

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