A judge has allowed the state of Indiana to intervene in a lawsuit alleging the city of Gary’s sanctuary city ordinance violates state law.
The (Northwest Indiana) Times reported that Attorney General Curtis Hill sought to have the state added as a plaintiff in the case against Gary officials.
Gary enacted a “welcoming city” ordinance in May 2017 that prohibits local officials from investigating a person’s legal immigration 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 said there’s currently no discussion about repealing the ordinance.