The Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI) and the Bopp Law Firm filed suit against the City of Gary, Indiana, its Mayor and its Common Council members in Indiana’s Lake County Circuit Court to challenge the City’s sanctuary law sheltering illegal aliens, even those with criminal records.
At issue is Gary’s ordinance 9100, which proclaims the community 25 miles southeast of Chicago to be a “welcoming city.” The complaint filed by IRLI and Bopp lawyers contends that the ordinance is in violation of Chapter 18.2 of Article 2, Title 5 of Indiana’s State Code, which prohibits governmental bodies in the state from adopting non-cooperation policies regarding immigration-law information and enforcement. Chapter 18.2 further imposes on law-enforcement officers a duty to cooperate with state and federal officials on matters pertaining to enforcement of laws governing immigration, to the full extent permitted by federal law.
By a vote of 6-3, the City of Gary Common Council passed and adopted the ordinance on May 16, 2017. Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson approved and signed the ordinance. Freeman-Wilson and members of the Council are named as defendants in the suit.
Residents of Gary and other sanctuary cities are victimized by these illegal policies. According to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement estimates, roughly 2.1 million criminal aliens are living in the U.S., over 1.9 million of which are removable. These criminal aliens continue to live in communities and engage in further criminal activity when state and local law enforcement are prohibited from cooperating with federal immigration officials.
IRLI was involved in Indiana’s anti-sanctuary law from its inception, advising lawmakers during the drafting process and defending it against attacks by the amnesty lobby.
Sanctuary City Battle in Indiana Heats Up, May 7, 2018
IRLI Sues Gary, Indiana Over Sanctuary City Ordinance, Dec. 05, 2017