NEW ORLEANS, LA – Amid a recent report by the U.S. Immigration
and Customs Enforcement (ICE) noting that New Orleans recently failed to
cooperate with and honor ICE detainer requests, Louisiana Attorney General Jeff
Landry has sent U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions a letter calling on the
U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to take action in jurisdictions like New
Orleans that fall under federal supervision.
“I am writing to raise the issue and clear up my concerns on how the Orleans Parish Prison, now under control of a federal court-ordered monitor and director, can violate federal law when it comes to cooperation with ICE,” wrote Landry. “Since the federal government is in essence running this facility, it seems any person arrested in the City of New Orleans and therefore booked in the Orleans Parish Prison could be immediately processed if under an ICE detainer request.”
Last year – Landry spearheaded efforts in Louisiana to prohibit sanctuary policies that undermine the rule of law, invite crime, and make our citizens less safe. During those efforts, it was noted that the DOJ mandated the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) – through a consent decree – to adopt policies that created a sanctuary jurisdiction for illegal aliens.
Upon raising concerns of the Obama Administration requiring cities, law enforcement agencies, and peace officers to not cooperate with federal authorities – measures were taken by the NOPD to remedy the violations; but those fell well short of their duty to cooperate completely with federal law.
Adding to the New Orleans intrigue was a 2013 consent decree for the Orleans Parish Prison and a 2016 court-ordered independence compliance director. But as Landry noted in his letter to Sessions: unlike the NOPD consent decree and policies, the consent decree for the Orleans Parish Prison actually envisions cooperation and communication with ICE officials.
So Landry is urging Sessions to continue doing all that he can to rid the country of sanctuary cities and encourage law enforcement agencies to work in compliance with federal immigration authorities.
“I believe that actions taken by the DOJ can influence the changes necessary to remedy this incongruence of policies created by the Obama Administration,” added Landry. “While there is much to be done to achieve compliance nationwide, I urge you to look at those cities and jurisdictions under federal supervision as a starting point for the implementation of your Administration’s changes in policy.”