NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - New Orleans is one of nine cities being forced to prove that it complies with immigration enforcement or risk losing federal dollars.
The Department of Justice sent a letter Friday to Mayor Mitch Landrieu, as well as leaders in Chicago, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Sacramento, Philadelphia, New York, Miami and Milwaukee.
All of the cities must submit documents to the government by the end of June proving that they comply with immigration laws. If not, they could lose federal grant dollars.
FOX 8 reached out to the city for comment, and the mayor's office responded with the following:
"If anybody in the Trump administration would actually do some research before firing off letters, they would see that the City of New Orleans has already provided the Department of Justice documentation that shows we are in compliance with federal immigration laws. There was an entire hearing before the United States Congress where both the Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry and the Department of Justice confirmed on the record that New Orleans complies with all federal laws. This is another example of the Trump Administration acting before doing their homework. We will send all the documents requested by the federal government again, but the NOPD will not be a part of President Trump's civil deportation force no matter how many times they ask.
"The Department of Justice, the federal consent decree monitor and the Federal judge overseeing the consent decree have approved the immigration policy and it has served us well. Going back to September of 2015, officials at the Department of Homeland Security Immigration and Customs Enforcement (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.
"The NOPD's policy on immigration 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."