Vitter Urges Orleans Parish to Cooperate with Immigration Authorities

(Washington, D.C.) – U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) today reacted to a decision by the Orleans Parish sheriff’s office to reject detention requests from Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

“Our number one priority should be to enforce the illegal immigration laws already on the books,” Vitter said. “Instead, this policy will directly threaten federal authority to detain dangerous criminals who are also illegal immigrants, as well as the safety of Louisiana families. This Orleans Parish policy is pointing to New Orleans as a sanctuary city and giving Louisiana a bad name.”

Vitter has introduced legislation to prohibit federal funds from being distributed to cities that encourage and provide safe harbor for illegal aliens. He is the Chairman of the U.S. Senate Border Security Caucus.

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