(Indianapolis, Ind.) – Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller will not be appealing a decision by a federal judge to block two provisions of the state's new immigration law.
U.S. District Court of Southern Indiana Judge Sarah Evans Barker last month halted parts of the law allowing police to arrest people with a questionable immigration status and to allow the use of consular identification cards.
Barker will hear arguments from the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana that those parts of the law should be stricken completely.
"Although our office would have adequate resources to appeal the preliminary injunction to the U.S. 7th Circuit, for strategic reasons we will instead push forward in U.S. District Court and vigorously oppose a permanent injunction,” Zoeller said Tuesday. “Hoosiers' frustration with the federal government's inability to enact and enforce immigration policies prompted the Legislature to turn the wheels of state government to respond to this issue -- and I remain committed to defending legislative enactments against outside challenges.”
The legislation, Senate Bill 590, was passed by the state legislature April 29 and signed into law by Gov. Mitch Daniels May 10. The ACLU filed their suit to block the two provisions May 25.