INDIANAPOLIS — A federal judge has permanently blocked Indiana from enforcing two key provisions of the state's immigration law.
U.S. District Judge Sarah Evans Barker had granted a temporary injunction in June 2011 barring the law from taking effect while she weighed its constitutionality.
In Friday's ruling, Barker permanently blocked the state from enforcing a provision enabling police to make warrantless arrests based on certain common immigration documents. Her ruling says that provision is unconstitutional.
Barker also permanently blocked a provision that would have prevented businesses and others from accepting consular ID cards as a valid form of identification. Her ruling says that provision is pre-empted by federal law.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana and the National Immigration Law Center had sued the state over the 2011 law.