New Orleans Remains Committed to Inclusivity
NEW ORLEANS — Today, Mayor Mitch Landrieu and New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) Superintendent Chief Michael Harrison responded to the confirmation issued by the Department of Justice that NOPD is in full compliance with federal immigration law, including 8 U.S.C. § 1373.
“As we have maintained for years, the Department of Justice has confirmed that we are in full compliance with 8 U.S.C. § 1373. 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,” said Mayor Landrieu.
Mayor Landrieu’s and Chief Harrison’s response comes after the Department of Justice issued the confirmation today, October 12, 2017. In spring 2017, Mayor Landrieu, together with the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM), met with Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and officials from Immigrations and Customs Enforcement and the Department of Homeland Security to urge the Trump Administration to provide clarity and a plan to lawfully enforce this overreaching Executive Order. On April 26, 2017, Mayor Landrieu certified New Orleans’ full compliance with federal law, including 8 USC §1373.
Mayor Landrieu continued, "The Department of Justice failed to note in its letter sent to me today 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.' 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."
To view the Mayor's and Chief’s letter to the Attorney General, click here.
To view the NOPD operation manual, click here.
To view a legal opinion showing the City is in compliance with 8 USC §1373, click here.
Mayor Landrieu is the president of USCM, which is the official nonpartisan organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or more. There are 1,400 such cities in the country today, and each city is represented in the Conference by its chief elected official, the mayor.