Federal Judge Strikes Down Parts Of Indiana’s Arizona-Like Immigration Law

The law, inspired by Arizona, is deemed unconstitutional.

The Indiana bill, signed into law by the previous governor, Mitch Daniels, permitted warrantless arrests of non-citizens and prohibited the use of consular IDs as forms of identification.

It was inspired by Arizona’s law, known as S.B. 1070 that took over some aspects of immigration enforcement from the U.S. government.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the National Immigration Law Center and law firm of Lewis & Kappes brought the class-action suit, contending Indiana’s law allowed police to make warrantless arrests based on assumed immigration status and criminalized the usage of a consular identification card.

Judge Sarah Evans Barker of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana said the law violated the Fourth Amendment because it permitted state and local authorities to “effect warrantless arrests for matters that are not crimes.”

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