A federal judge struck down portions of an immigration law days before it was set to take effect in Indiana.
A federal judge Friday blocked two provisions in the law. The first would have allowed police to arrest people who have been issued a notice of action by federal immigration authorities. In the ruling, the judge said that could encompass those who haven’t broken the law, rendering it problematic.
The other provision disallowed the use of consular ID cards, given out by foreign consulates and embassies to their citizens for use as identification. The Mexican consulate in Indiana has issued roughly 70,000. The judge ruled the state has no authority to ban the cards.
ACLU of Indiana director Ken Falk says the ruling confirms that Indiana went too far in legislating immigration law.
“I can’t think of any other law that allows people to be arrested for things that aren’t crimes,” he said. “I can’t think of any other laws that are upheld where a state attempts to make foreign policy.”
State Attorney General Greg Zoeller in a statement said the ruling can be seen as an indictment of the federal government’s inaction in addressing immigration policy and underscores the struggle states are going through to deal with the issue.
The state has not indicated whether it will appeal the decision.