Landrieu meets with DOJ to discuss sanctuary cities

Landrieu meets with DOJ to discuss sanctuary cities

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."

"Since this is supposed to be a meeting about substance, I cannot imagine why they are not willing to allow a mayor to bring the policy experts who can speak to the issues.  Given the issues are both legal and law enforcement related, it only makes sense that we have all the parties at the table.  It is clear that this meeting is a political stunt and is not designed to be substantive.  If it was, they would have no problem including the City Attorney, Police Chief and Congressman.  New Orleans is not a sanctuary city, and we will follow all laws.  I am urging Attorney General Sessions and Senator Kennedy to allow our City's top law enforcement officer, lawyer and Congressman to attend so we can have a substantive discussion and put this issue to rest once and for all."

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:

"Today, I, along with both City Attorney Rebecca Dietz and NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison, met with Senator Kennedy and Attorney General Sessions to discuss the City of New Orleans' compliance with 8 U.S.C. § 1373. We are pleased that the Attorney General and Senator Kennedy have come around to agreeing with the point we have made all along--New Orleans is not a "sanctuary city"and the NOPD's policies have maintained consistent compliance with 8 U.S.C. § 1373. Our police department will continue to focus on arresting criminals—irrespective of their immigration status. In New Orleans, we pride ourselves on being a welcoming city. Diversity is a strength,and we will continue to make the city safe for everyone."