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Judge blocks 2 key provisions Indiana immigration law

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RICK CALLAHAN,

Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) A federal judge has permanently blocked Indiana from enforcing two key provisions of the state's immigration law.

U.S. District Judge Sarah Evans Barker had granted a temporary injunction in June 2011 barring the law from taking effect while she weighed its constitutionality.

In Friday's ruling, Barker permanently blocked the state from enforcing a provision enabling police to make warrantless arrests based on certain common immigration documents. Her ruling says that provision is unconstitutional.

Barker also permanently blocked a provision that would have prevented businesses and others from accepting consular ID cards as a valid form of identification. Her ruling says that provision is pre-empted by federal law.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana and the National Immigration Law Center had sued the state over the 2011 law.