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[ATG] Attorney General’s statement on Federal Court rulings on immigration law
Start Date: 3/29/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 3/29/2013
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INDIANAPOLIS – The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana has issued its final ruling in a legal challenge to a state-level immigration law.  Federal Judge Sarah Evans Barker on Thursday permanently enjoined the State of Indiana from enforcing the warrantless arrest and consular ID portions of Senate Enrolled Act 590-2011.  The Court also ruled that the Indiana Attorney General had fulfilled his duty to defend the statute and that state legislators could not intervene in the lawsuit, Buquer v. Indianapolis.  Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller issued this statement:

 

“I take my responsibility to defend the statutes the Legislature passes from legal challenge as an important role of the office I hold. The court recognized that the Office of the Attorney General has faithfully defended all provisions of this statute until the U.S. Supreme Court last June said that state-level warrantless arrest laws are preempted as unconstitutional.  Now that the federal court decision reinforces what we said all along -- that immigration enforcement is a federal government not a state responsibility -- this case is at an end and the state will not appeal.  We are pleased that Judge Barker’s ruling has underscored and reiterated the responsibility of my office to defend state statutes as is our solemn obligation,” Zoeller said.

 

The Indiana Office of the Attorney General continues to defend the state immigration statute in a separate legal challenge Union Benefica Mexicana v. State, where litigation is pending in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana.

 

NOTE: For background, please see Attorney General Zoeller’s news release of July 31, 2012, concerning the legal challenge to SEA 590:

http://www.in.gov/activecalendar/EventList.aspx?fromdate=7/1/2012&todate=7/31/2012&display=Month&type=public&eventidn=57958&view=EventDetails&information_id=116961

 

Attached are the March 28 orders of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, granting the plaintiffs’ motion for summary judgment and denying the proposed intervenors’ motion to intervene.

 

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Contact Information:
Name: Bryan Corbin
Phone: 317.233.3970
Email: Bryan.Corbin@atg.in.gov
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