Indiana Attorney General to Defend Immigration Law From Permanent Injunction

by Gabe Bullard on July 19, 2011

The Indiana Attorney General’s office will continue to defend a controversial immigration law that was partially struck down by a federal judge last month.

The judge temporarily blocked provisions in the law that restricted immigrants’ use of identification provided by foreign consulates and allowed police to arrest anyone whose immigration status was in question.

The American Civil Liberties Union challenged the law, which Attorney General Greg Zoeller says is necessary because the federal government isn’t doing enough to fight illegal immigration.

But Zoeller is not appealing the judge’s ruling at this time. Instead, he’s staying in district court to fight against the ACLU’s proposed permanent injunction against the law.

Zoeller’s office is appealing another loss to the ACLU, however. Also in late June, a judge issued a temporary injunction against a state law that stripped Planned Parenthood of its public funding. Zoeller quickly announced his intention to appeal that ruling.

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