Indiana City Defends 'Welcoming' Policy Toward Immigrants

Law360 (March 1, 2018, 6:30 PM EST) -- The city of Gary, Indiana, fought back Thursday against a lawsuit brought by the legal arm of an organization challenging its “welcoming city” ordinance, contending that its “untenable interpretation” of a state statute would harm local communities.

Gary asked the Lake County Circuit Court to uphold the regulation and toss the suit filed by the Immigration Reform Law Institute, which had accused the city of violating a state statute requiring local communities to cooperate with federal immigration-related initiatives and not adopt noncooperation policies, arguing that the organization “misconstrued” applicable law.

“Plaintiffs’ theory would imperil any ordinance, rule, policy, guideline or budgetary...

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