The following email was sent out by AG Jeff Landry concerning the issue of sanctuary cities, specifically New Orleans, and the need to end this practice. The text of the email is below:
My Fellow Republicans,
We must end sanctuary cities... now!
As your Attorney General, I am committed to ensuring the rule of law is followed by everyone. It is a matter of justice and public safety.
Reports of illegals breaking the law and getting away with it are becoming a regular occurrence. We ask that our elected officials stand with us to uphold the rule of law and protect our communities.
Tens of thousands of illegals live in Louisiana and cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars.
What's worse is that liberals have enacted sanctuary policies that encourage illegal aliens.
According to the Immigration Task Force led by State Representative Valarie Hodges:
- 5,339 illegals receive SNAP benefits (also known as Food Stamps)
- Illegals are a $3.2 million burden on our state's prisons
- Louisiana foots $16 million for Medicaid welfare coverage of illegals - an amount surely to rise with Medicaid welfare expansion
In February, New Orleans issued policy guidance to its police officers requiring them not to inquire about the immigration status of suspects they encounter and to not cooperate with federal authorities - making New Orleans a sanctuary city.
Allowing illegals to commit crime then roam free in our communities is an immense threat to the safety of our people.
Where do you stand? Join me in saying NO to sanctuary cities.
Sanctuary policies and the elected officials who support them are actively undermining the rule of law.
Sign the petition today and say NO to sanctuary cities.