Lawmakers want to defend immigration law

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Three state senators say Indiana’s attorney general effectively nullified their votes when he opted not to defend sections of a state immigration law he said were rendered invalid when the U.S. Supreme Court struck down similar parts of an Arizona law.

Republican Senators Mike Delph, Brent Steele and Phil Boots are asking a federal judge to allow them to defend the parts of the law the attorney general won’t.

The attorney general’s office said in July it would recommend that federal Judge Sarah Evans Barker strike down most of the portions of the Indiana law that enables police to make warrantless arrests based on certain common immigration documents. It said the high court ruling rendered those sections of the Indiana law invalid.

The senators say Indiana’s law differs from Arizona’s.