A federal judge will soon decide whether to move to block a new Indiana law from taking effect—a law that Civil Rights groups believe may violate the 4th Amendment. The case centers on new powers that would be granted to police agencies statewide as of July 1, enabling police to arrest immigrants on a variety of non-criminal charges. It also stipulates that identification cards must be issued by consulates.
State Attorney General Greg Zoeller said the legislation passed by the Indiana General Assembly reflects the frustration that many Indianans and people around the country feel about the federal government’s “complete failure to enact and enforce immigration laws in this country.”
But while the state argues it’s merely trying to enact and enforce immigration laws—putting an end, for example, to the fraudulent use of ID cards—Ken Falk of the ACLU of Indiana said the state is overstepping its bounds on the immigration issue. He pointed out that since it remains unclear how the law will be enforced, the possibility is there for people to be arrested on spurious grounds. The state admitted that it’s unclear at this point how the law will be enforced.
Federal Judge Sarah Evans Barker questioned whether the law is in direct conflict with the state’s petition. The Judge has taken the case under advisement, and is expected to rule before July 1.