Louisiana attorney general: Crime is up in ‘sanctuary cities’

Louisiana’s chief legal officer said Tuesday that crime has increased in so-called sanctuary cities that pledge not to pursue or prosecute illegal immigrants. In prepared remarks to the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security, Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry said sanctuary city policies allow illegals to commit crimes, then roam free in our communities. The remarks came in a hearing on New Orleans, and how the city has become a sanctuary city following new policies that went into effect on Feb. 28 that forbid city police from inquiring into an individual’s immigration status. Those policies were written by the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division following a request in 2010 by Mayor Mitch Landrieu for the agency to help reform the city’s police department. Landry, a former House member, cited recent statistics from Los Angeles, another sanctuary city, to show that crime jumps in these jurisdictions.

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