Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Indiana Attorney General Says Parts of Immigration Law Are Unconstitutional

In a brief filed in federal court, Indiana Attorney General Gregory Zoeller acknowledged that the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Arizona v. United States striking down three of four sections of Arizona’s immigration law as unconstitutional means portions of Indiana’s immigration law dealing with warrantless arrests cannot be defended.   

Zoeller noted that the Supreme Court’s ruling makes it clear that state laws authorizing local law enforcement officers to make warrantless arrests of people for immigration violations are unconstitutional.  Portions of Senate Enrolled Act 590, Indiana’s immigration law that is now under legal challenge, are preempted, or overridden, by federal law, Zoeller said.

For support for the Indiana Attorney General's position from the National Immigration Forum, click here.



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