Today, Mayor Mitch Landrieu released the following statement on Department of Homeland Security Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) report naming the City of New Orleans uncooperative:
“First and foremost, the NOPD does now and will continue to follow federal laws and focus on arresting people who commit crime, regardless of their immigration status.
The NOPD’s policy on immigration complies with federal law and makes New Orleans safer because individuals are more likely to report crime, and victims and witnesses can testify without fear of being questioned about their immigration status. That’s why the NOPD will continue to focus on arresting those who commit violent crimes, not enforcing civil immigration laws. The Department of Justice, the federal consent decree monitor and the Federal judge overseeing the consent decree have approved our immigration policy, and it has served us well. Going back to September of 2015, officials at ICE were consulted in the drafting of NOPD’s immigration policy. This agency, which is responsible for enforcing federal immigration laws, never expressed any concern with the NOPD’s policy.
We are focused on fighting crime, and we will not move officers off the street to join President Trump’s deportation force.
Lastly, the Trump Administration should be aware that the City of New Orleans and the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office are separate legal entities run by independently elected leaders.”