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Marion County sheriff responds to immigration sanctuary request

February 13, 2017 | WTHR 13 | Link to Article


INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - Marion County Sheriff John Layton met with a delegation from the IndyCAN group in late January to discuss their concerns about various criminal justice issues.

Five days before Sunday's the IndyCAN immigration event, group leaders were informed that the Sheriff would not attend the meeting due to pending litigation involving the Marion County Sheriff's Office cooperation with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement; "Lopez-Aguilar v. Marion County Sheriff's Office, et al.".

IndyCAN's request that the Sheriff's Department cease cooperating with federal law enforcement agencies is not new to President Trump's administration, but has been a recurring request for several years.

The Sheriff has no legal authority to declare Marion County a "sanctuary county."