Court Strikes Down Indiana Sanctuary City Seeking to Protect Illegal Aliens

Court Strikes Down Indiana Sanctuary City Seeking to Protect Illegal Aliens


A court struck down the sanctuary policies of East Chicago, Indiana, ruling that they violated a statewide ban on sanctuary jurisdictions that seek to protect criminal illegal aliens from arrest and deportation.

Late last week, Judge Thomas Hallett of Indiana’s Lake County Superior Court ruled that the sanctuary policies adopted in East Chicago — in response to President Trump’s pro-enforcement agenda — violated the state’s 2011 law that bans sanctuary jurisdictions.

“We are pleased that, after extended litigation, the court has recognized the obvious fact that such ordinances are illegal in Indiana,” attorney James Bopp, Jr., who represented residents Greg Serbon and John Allen, said in a statement. “There must be no more such ordinances in Indiana, and those in existence are clearly in violation of Indiana law.”

The Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI), which also represented the plaintiffs in the case, had originally helped craft Indiana’s statewide

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