Lawsuit Challenges Immigration Law

The Indiana ACLU says immigration is a federal, not state matter.

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The immigration bill passed the Indiana General Assembly after many amendments, but critics say the bill is still too strong.

A lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union challenges an Indiana law aimed at curbing illegal immigration.

Indiana ACLU Executive Director Ken Falk says the law goes too far, inserting the state into an area where it has no right to be.

“This just illustrates the fact,” he said, “that Indiana is attempting somehow to take over immigration functions and that is essentially and exclusively a federal responsibility.”

The law gives police broader powers to arrest those who might be illegal immigrants. State Attorney General Greg Zoeller said in a statement that the federal government is not enforcing its immigration policies, forcing the state to do so.

Carmel Senator Mike Delph, who authored the legislation, derided the lawsuit as trying to protect illegal immigrants instead of law-abiding Hoosiers.

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