Landrieu leads boycott of White House meeting over sanctuary cities letter

Landrieu leads boycott of White House meeting over sanctuary cities letter

WASHINGTON D.C. (WVUE) - The New Orleans mayor led a boycott of a White House Meeting with President Donald Trump Wednesday.

The boycott was announced after The Justice Department sent letters to nearly two dozen "sanctuary cities."

Mayor Mitch Landrieu is the president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors and will be meeting with other mayors from across the country in Washington D.C. this week.

Part of their agenda was to meet with President Trump to discuss infrastructure spending and the opioid crisis.

Before the meeting, the DOJ sent letters to 23 "sanctuary cities" asking them to comply with federal immigration laws by providing documents showing they are cooperating.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in that letter he would use subpoena power to get those documents if the cities refused to turn them over.

Landrieu and other democratic mayors announced they would not be going to the meeting, believing it to be a publicity stunt for President Trump.

The meeting went on as scheduled with the president addressing the boycott with the mayors who did attend.

"The mayors who choose to boycott this event have put the needs of criminal illegal immigrants over law-abiding Americans," said President Trump. "But let me tell you, the vast majority of people showed up because the vast majority believe in safety for your city."

"You see if we had an issue like this between and amongst us we would meet in a room and hash it out respectfully and then come out with a pathway forward," said Landrieu. "We would certainly not invite somebody to our house for lunch and then excoriate them on the front porch in front of the entire country. My mom taught me better than that. Mr. President I'm assuming you did too."

New Orleans was not one of the cities that received a letter from the DOJ.

The city of Louisville was one,and their mayor, Greg Fischer, a democrat, did attend the white house meeting. However, he criticized the letter before going.