An Indiana court last week smacked down an attempt by the city of East Chicago to provide a sanctuary city for illegal immigrants — a practice encouraged by Democrat leaders including President Joe Biden — ruling that the movement opposes the state’s ban on the practice.
Judge Thomas Hallett of Lake County Superior Court ruled the policies in the Chicago suburb violated Indiana’s 2011 sanctuary city ban.
“Sheltering illegal aliens from immigration authorities not only flagrantly violates duly-enacted Indiana law, but represents a serious public safety and national security risk,” Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI) Executive Director Dale Wilcox released in a statement, according to WJR.
“When cities such as East Chicago insist on putting the interests of illegal aliens above those of their own citizenry, they have to be stopped, and we are pleased the court did just that,” he added.
Lawyer James Bopp, Jr. represented residents Greg Serbon and John Allen. He wrote in a statement, “We are pleased that, after extended litigation, the court has recognized the obvious fact that such ordinances are illegal in Indiana,” according to NWI Times.
Bopp also said, “There must be no more such ordinances in Indiana, and those in existence are clearly in violation of Indiana law.”
The case follows a similar ruling in Nov. 2020 in Gary, Indiana. Bopp also won, with the court ruling against sanctuary city policies.
As immigration policies change nationwide, some states are pushing back against cities seeking sanctuary city status. Those who do often have the law on their side, offering protection against new leftist immigration policies.