Says, ‘If this ruling stands, it would set a dangerous precedent for communities across Arkansas’
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has joined a 13-state coalition supporting the State of Indiana’s capability to require local municipalities to comply with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainer requests.
According to Attorney General Rutledge and her colleagues, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana granted a consent decree from Marion County, Indiana which exempted the county from part of Indiana law, allowing the county to do what it preferred rather than complying with state law.
“In this case the court is not only encouraging municipalities to ignore state laws, but helping them actually break state laws they do not agree with,” Rutledge said. “If this ruling stands, it would set a dangerous precedent for communities across Arkansas and the entire country by disturbing the rule of law and discouraging cooperation with federal immigration officials.”
States that filed the brief include attorneys general from Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas and West Virginia, and governors from Kentucky and Maine.