Gary’s “Welcoming Metropolis” ordinance, enacted in 2017 in response to the anti-immigrant push of the early Trump administration, largely complies with state legislation, in response to a current ruling by the Indiana Court docket of Appeals.
In a 2-1 opinion, the state’s appellate court docket reversed a call by Lake Superior Decide Stephen Scheele halting enforcement of key sections of the ordinance, and as a substitute decided solely two minor parts of the Metal Metropolis ordinance battle with Indiana’s statutory prohibition on so-called sanctuary cities.
Particularly, the appeals court docket stated Gary can’t prohibit metropolis workers or departments from refusing to help federal officers within the investigation of the citizenship or immigration standing of any particular person, or the enforcement of immigration legal guidelines, if such help is requested by federal authorities.
On the identical time, the court docket concluded Gary doesn’t have a standing obligation to take part within the enforcement of immigration legal guidelines absent a federal request, notably if an individual’s encounter with a metropolis company or worker has no connection to immigration points.
“Whereas state officers might help the federal authorities with immigration issues, it’s effectively settled that, beneath federal legislation, state and native cooperation with federal immigration officers is voluntary, not necessary,” stated Appeals Decide Edward Najam Jr., on behalf of the court docket.