Gary Defends 'Welcoming City' Ordinance, Tells Court It Does Not Violate Indiana's Sanctuary City Ban

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Media Outlet: The Times of Northwest Indiana

Joshua Geltzer was quoted in the Times of Northwest Indiana on defending the City of Gary, Indiana from a legal attack on sanctuary cities:

On Wednesday, the Georgetown Law Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection (ICAP) and the Oakland-based Public Rights Project filed a 63-page defense of the 2017 Gary ordinance Bopp claims violates Indiana's 2011 prohibition on sanctuary cities.
"Gary's welcoming city ordinance places no restrictions on federal immigration officials' efforts to enforce immigration law, thus making it entirely consistent with Indiana state law," said Joshua Geltzer, ICAP executive director.
"What Gary’s ordinance does is empower local police to focus on local public safety priorities, including building and maintaining trust with all communities whose help local law enforcement needs to do its job."


Joshua Geltzer is an ASU Future of War Fellow at New America. He is writing a book exploring challenges associated with modern communications technologies such as social media platforms, file-upload sites, and internet search engines.