Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-LA), the Republican challenger to Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA), denounced the Obama Administration’s practice of sending illegal immigrants to the state of Louisiana. The Obama Administration released state-by-state and county-level breakdowns of the number of illegal immigrants, showing there were 1,275 Unaccompanied Alien Children released to sponsors in Louisiana between January 1 to July 31, 2014.
“The Obama Administration announced that more than 1,200 illegal immigrants have been placed in Louisiana,” said Cassidy in a news release. “This highlights how President Obama’s failure to secure the borders and properly enforce our immigration laws has impacted Louisiana. This crisis has further highlighted the inability of President Obama to lead on important issues. Senate Democrats are equally responsible. They left Washington without taking action. We must secure our borders and stop President Obama’s executive amnesty.”
Here’s the Parish-level breakdown of UAC in Louisiana:
East Baton Rouge Parish (Baton Rouge)- 173
Jefferson Parish (Southwest of NOLA)- 533
Lafayette Parish (Lafayette)- 51
Orleans Parish (New Orleans)- 237
St. Tammany Parish (Slidell, N. of NOLA)- 54
Total in Louisiana- 1,275
In the past, Cassidy has requested information on the impact of the border crisis in the state. Many Louisiana congressional leaders along with Cassidy sent a letter to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell in response to reports that the Obama Administration has been transferring illegal immigrants across state lines.
Those who signed the letter to the Obama administration asked for specific answers on the current impact, as well as request that there be no transfers to the state without the approval of Gov. Bobby Jindal.
Also, Cassidy led the Louisiana House Republican delegation to urge Senator Harry Reid to call the Senate back in session to address the immigration crisis and take up legislation passed in the House that would secure the border and end the President’s executive amnesty.