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Indiana AG won't appeal immigration ruling

July 19, 2011

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller says he won't appeal a federal judge's decision to temporarily block part of a new state immigration law but will continue to fight against a ruling that would make the ban permanent.

Zoeller said Tuesday that his office decided not to fight U.S. District Judge Sarah Evans Barker's June 24 ruling for "strategic reasons" but would continue to defend the law in court.

Barker ruled that parts of the law allowing police to arrest immigrants who hadn't committed a crime and restricting the use of identification provided by foreign consulates treaded on the federal government's power to regulate immigration.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana and the National Immigration Law Center challenged the law and are seeking to block it permanently.

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