Federal Judge Criticizes Section of Indiana Immigration Law

A federal judge reportedly expressed criticism of Indiana’s proposed immigration reform law while grilling a deputy attorney general about how the law could be enforced without violating federal law and international treaties.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana and the National Immigration Law Center sued the state over the immigration law in May, claiming it allows law enforcement officials to violate the civil rights of suspected undocumented workers.

In particular, the groups are challenging provisions of the law that allow police to arrest people of questionable immigration status and another that makes it illegal for immigrants to use ID cards issued by foreign consulates as proof of identification.

Barker prodded the deputy attorney general about a part of the law that allows local police to arrest immigrants even if federal authorities have determined that person can remain the country. In addition, Baker dismissed the notion that it is lawful to deny ID cards that are valid under international agreements.

“Does Indiana law trump a treaty?” she asked, according to the Indianapolis Star, before answering her own question. “It doesn’t.”

The court plans to issue a ruling on the case by July 1.