INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Civil rights groups claim an Indiana law set to take effect July 1 gives police sweeping arrest powers against immigrants who aren't criminals.
The state argues such fears are based on a misunderstanding of the law.
U.S. District Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson will hear arguments from both sides Monday as she considers a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana and the National Immigration Law Center. The groups want a preliminary injunction to stop the law from taking effect.
The new law allows police to arrest immigrants under certain conditions, including if a removal order has been issued for them by an immigration court. The lawsuit argues the conditions as outlined could apply too widely to thousands of immigrants and violate the constitutional requirement of probable cause.