The city of Gary is being sued over its policy regarding illegal immigrants.

The Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI) filed the litigation in Lake County saying Gary is providing sanctuary to illegal aliens, even those with criminal records.

The group, which has hired Indiana Attorney Jim Bopp, says the ordinance passed last May violates state law requiring municipalities to cooperate with federal immigration officials to the fullest extent possible.

IRLI argues a provision that calls for law enforcement to consider the possibly of deportation before making an arrest of an illegal immigrant puts the city in violation of state law.

IRLI is asking the court to throw out the ordinance and compel the city of Gary to fully comply with Indiana law.’