At the Louisiana State Troopers Association annual convention on Aug. 6, all four current gubernatorial candidates (John Bel Edwards, a state representative from Amite; Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle; U.S. Sen. David Vitter; and Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne) said New Orleans needs a special contingent of State Police to curb crime but cannot remain on the state tab indefinitely.

Edwards added that he prefers a timeline for how long additional troopers are needed. Various New Orleans entities defray some of the cost of the state trooper expense, and a French Quarter tax has been proposed to defray some of the trooper expense.

On Aug. 3, the article “New Orleans police to clarify immigration policy” appeared in The Advocate. The NOPD is not cooperating with federal immigration officials on immigration law enforcement and is in the process of amending their policies to reflect their noncompliance.

Vitter has accused Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman of refusing to honor immigration detainer requests at Orleans Parish Prison. “There can be no doubt that New Orleans and Orleans Parish are a sanctuary for criminal aliens,” claims Jessica Vaughn, director of policy studies at the Center for Immigration Studies.

The four candidates apparently support the de facto sanctuary city policies of Orleans. We should all keep that in mind in the upcoming election. Current Gov. Bobby Jindal, who on the national stage has been a vocal opponent of sanctuary cities, has yet to recall the state trooper detachment assigned to New Orleans. He should do so immediately until New Orleans complies with all federal immigration laws.

Harold Magee

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