Mayor Joe Hogsett, Thousands Turn Out for IndyCAN Rally

February 12, 2017 | WIBC | Link to Article

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – An IndyCAN movement held was held Sunday afternoon on Indy’s east side in response to a community's plea for protection and in light of executive orders put in place by President Trump that prohibits illegal immigrants to travel to the United States.

Hosted by Indianapolis Congregation Action Network, Mayor Joe Hogsett was there as he spoke to a packed room filled with thousands of people from all over the city, with lines wrapping around St. Philip Neri Catholic Church - and plans to keep immigrants safe.

Hogsett said while Indianapolis can't be named a sanctuary city due to law that prohibits such action, the city will not spend any resources on anything that is deemed unconstitutional by a court.

In Indiana, it's illegal to set up a sanctuary city or to prohibit federal immigration officials from doing their jobs.

When Hogsett was asked if he would defy state law to make Indy a sanctuary city, Hogsett said he would follow the state law imposed six years ago that says no city, city official or elected official can establish a sanctuary city.

The IndyCAN movement said about 30 churches are planning to provide sanctuaries for those who are undocumented.