NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Senator John Kennedy and Attorney Jeff Sessions will meet Thursday to discuss if New Orleans complies with immigration rules.
Federal law states that no government can restrict the ability of a government entity to maintain, send or receive information about someone's citizenship or immigration status.
As the provision is related to the federal government's NOPD consent decree, both NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison and City Attorney Rebecca Dietz were slated to attend and traveled to Washington, D.C.
The mayor said because the issues are both legal and law enforcement related, Congressman Cedric Richmond, Dietz and Harrison should be allowed to attend. But a source familiar with the meeting said he was never agreed to attend the meeting.
Mayor Landrieu calls the upcoming meeting a "political stunt."
Landrieu goes on to say the meeting was not designed to be substantive, and if it was, Sessions would have no problem in letting the three officials attend the meeting.
The Department of Justice has threatened to cut funding for cities that don't follow immigration law.
Landrieu says the city follows all laws, and is not a sanctuary city.
After the meeting, Landrieu issued the following statement: