Attorney General Todd Rokita Tells Monroe County to Rescind ‘Sanctuary City’ Policies

Staff report

INDIANAPOLIS — May 31, 2024

Attorney General Todd Rokita has issued a threat to local officials in Monroe County, home to the city of Bloomington, along with several other Indiana localities: rescind “sanctuary city” policies or face legal action starting July 1.

“Attorney General Rokita’s office sent a blunt message to officials in East Chicago, Gary, West Lafayette and Monroe County: Confirm you have rescinded local policies that enable illegal immigration — or face swift legal consequences starting July 1,” according to a press release from Rokita’s office.

“The flood of illegal immigrants entering the United States is a problem that harms all of us,” Rokita said. “The ones paying the price for this lawlessness are Hoosier taxpayers, who must bear increased costs for health care, education, and other services used by illegal immigrants.”

The Indiana General Assembly recently passed a law authorizing the Attorney General to file lawsuits against any Indiana colleges, universities, or local government units that do not enforce the state’s ban on sanctuary cities, according to the press release. A “sanctuary city” is a term used for local governments that adopt policies to deliberately disregard federal law and not cooperate with federal immigration authorities, Rokita press release further declared.

At various town hall meetings, attendees and some state representatives have expressed concerns over these so-called “immigrant welcome centers,” fearing they could lead to increased crime and displacement of current residents by illegal, cheap labor.

“We welcome want-to-be-patriots to the United States who will add value to our country and want to live their lives under the values this country was founded upon,” Rokita stated. “The first way they can show that is by following our laws. Those who do not follow our laws by entering our country legally should not be allowed to stay.”

Rokita has sent letters to officials in the specified cities, explicitly warning them of impending action if they do not repeal policies violating Indiana law. A letter sent to East Chicago officials was cited as an example.

Here is the text of a letter sent to East Chicago:

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