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State asks judge to uphold Indiana immigration law

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — State attorneys say opponents have exaggerated the powers given to local police under an Indiana immigration law.

Legislators last year passed the law giving local police authority to enforce immigration laws in certain circumstances. But opponents sued and contend the law would give police sweeping arrest powers against immigrants who haven't committed crimes.

A federal judge last June blocked parts of the law until its constitutionality could be settled.

Opponents have asked Judge Sarah Evans Barker to block those parts of the law permanently. The Indiana attorney general's office filed court documents this week asking her to uphold the law instead.

The state says the plaintiffs have mischaracterized the law and argues police could only arrest immigrants the federal government says are in the country illegally.