Indiana Law Precludes Sanctuary Cities

As new President of the United States, Donald Trump has promised Americans that he will take a hard stance on illegal immigration, including taking actions against the so-called “sanctuary cities” that protect undocumented immigrants by refusing to persecute them base on their permanence status.


President Trump has suggested that he may reduce the federal funding received by cities such as San Francisco and Miami by virtue of their status as sanctuary cities. This situation will likely not apply to Indiana cities, and this is due to legislation dating back to 2011.


In Indiana, it is unlawful for municipal councils or officials to do anything that may impeded federal immigration officers from carrying out their duties, which may include arresting undocumented immigrants and their families for the purpose of deportation. In sanctuary cities, municipal leaders direct their law enforcement agents to not provide assistance to immigration officers. These cities also provide services to families without checking their immigration status; for example, they do not ask questions when children are enrolled in local schools.


According to television news reports from Indianapolis, immigration researchers believe that there may be more than 105,000 undocumented foreigners currently living in the Hoosier State.


Most illegal immigrants in Indiana reside in the larger metropolitan pockets such as Anderson and Carmel, where job opportunities are greater. Indianapolis is home to more than 80,000 residents who were born outside of the United States. More than 27 percent of these foreign-born residents have become naturalized citizens of the U.S.

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