New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions met today in Washington D.C. to discuss crime and immigration. The meeting was expected to cover the city’s consent decree as well.
As rhetoric around illegal immigration and so-called “sanctuary cities” heightens across the country, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu joined other city leaders in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday (April 25) to meet privately with Attorney General Jeff Sessions, according to staffers in Congress and City Hall.
Sessions’ Justice Department singled out New Orleans and eight other jurisdictions last week to imply that their law enforcement policies illegally discouraged communication between police and Immigration & Customs Enforcement agents.
[…]Landrieu adamantly disputes the sanctuary city label for New Orleans. Under his watch, NOPD officers are required not to ask witnesses and victims of crime about their immigration status. Nor are they to aide ICE in executing civil warrants for suspected undocumented workers. But the federal order to bring the NOPD up to constitutional standards explicitly states that the agency is in compliance with federal immigration law and doesn’t hamper communication with ICE. That clause was vetted by the DOJ under President Barack Obama, received no objection from ICE, weathered testimony in Congress and was eventually approved by a federal judge.
“Our policy has been more rigorously reviewed than any other jurisdiction in the nation,” Zach Butterworth, Landrieu’s executive council, has said.
The meeting with Sessions is expected to be broader than just illegal immigration. Also on the table for discussion are methods to reduce crime and well as ways to improve relations between local police and residents. Sessions has called into question several federal consent decrees around the country, expressing concern that they unfairly vilify law enforcement officers.
What did they talk about exactly? We don’t know. Neither the Feds nor the city of New Orleans is commenting about it.
Hopefully, an understanding or agreement was reached that is in the best interests of public safety in New Orleans.