Landrieu: New Orleans Is Compliant With U.S. Immigration Law

Mayor Mitch Landrieu

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Despite a warning from the U.S. Department of Justice, the City of New Orleans says it is in full compliance with federal immigration law.

         The Justice Department on Thursday issued a statement saying New Orleans, Chicago, New York and Philadelphia have until Friday, Oct. 27 to show they are complying with longstanding federal law that says cities can't hinder information sharing with immigration agents.

         In a statement Thursday, Mayor Mitch Landrieu says the DOJ confirmed the city's compliance. He says under his administration, the New Orleans Police Department has and will continue to follow all federal laws.

         “As we have maintained for years, the Department of Justice has confirmed that we are in full compliance with 8 U.S.C. § 1373,” said Mayor Landrieu. “Under my Administration, the New Orleans Police Department has and will continue to follow all federal laws; however, the NOPD will not be the federal government’s deportation force. We will build relationships between the NOPD and all community members. The City of New Orleans will not be side-tracked by caustic, political rhetoric that seeks to make us fearful of others and scapegoat immigrants. The NOPD will continue to focus on the arrest and conviction of violent criminals, regardless of their immigration status.

         “"The Department of Justice failed to note in its letter sent to me today [Thursday, Oct. 12] that Chapter 41.6.1, Paragraph 5 of the NOPD’s operation manual states that officers are to follow Section 1373(a), and that the policy does 'not prohibit, or in any way restrict, any government entity or official from sending to, or receiving from, [ICE] information regarding the citizenship or immigration status, lawful or unlawful, of any individual,'” said Mayor Landrieu. “As such, we continue to state unambiguously that Chapter 41.6.1 does not restrict officers and employees from requesting information regarding immigration status from federal immigration officers. Pursuant to standard training procedures, all officers and employees were notified about the policy in September 2016. Instead of fear-mongering and false accusations, we urge you to work with mayors across the nation to tackle violent crime through smart, evidence-based policing.”

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