The Northwest Indiana Times: Courts find East Chicago, Gary ‘Welcoming City’ ordinances run afoul of state law

IRLI In The News

May 4, 2021

By Dan Carden

A 2017 East Chicago ordinance intended to offer a hospitable message to immigrants amid what was considered anti-immigrant rhetoric of Republican former President Donald Trump is incompatible with state law.

Lake Superior Judge Thomas Hallett last week determined portions of the East Chicago “Welcoming City” ordinance run afoul of a state statute prohibiting so-called “sanctuary cities,” or localities that decline as a matter of policy to fully cooperate with federal immigration enforcement measures.

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