Indiana joins lawsuit against Gary sanctuary city ordinance

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.

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