WASHINGTON, DC - Following a push by Attorney General Jeff Landry to end sanctuary cities in Louisiana, the U.S. House of Representatives is now calling for an investigation into the New Orleans Consent Decree.
While advocating for strict laws forbidding sanctuary policies, General Landry was alarmed at the possibility that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) sought a consent decree requiring the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) to adopt sanctuary city polices.
In a letter to United States Attorney General Loretta Lynch calling for this investigation, U.S. House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (VA-6) and U.S. House Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security Chairman Trey Gowdy (SC-4) noted it is "outrageous that DOJ would seek a consent decree to actually inhibit the ability of the federal government to enforce federal law."
This letter follows an April letter from General Landry to General Lynch asking her if the DOJ did in fact ask the NOPD to enforce this policy. His questioning came after New Orleans officials testified in the Louisiana House Judiciary Committee that the DOJ mandated they put polices in place prohibiting their law enforcement from inquiring about an individual’s immigration status.
This raised concerns that the federal government called for a municipality or its law enforcement agency or officials to intentionally violate an unambiguous federal law.
"Sanctuary city policies endanger the safety of the Louisiana people. As Louisiana Attorney General, I am committed to ensuring that these dangerous policies are rejected," said General Landry. "I have confidence in our law enforcement officers and believe they should be trusted to do their job without the fear of unlawful action by the federal government."
A copy of the Goodlatte-Gowdy letter may be found at http://www.agjefflandry.com/Shared/ViewDoc.aspx?Type=3&Doc=559.