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In Wake of USDOJ Final Warning, New Orleans Again Offered Assistance by Attorney General Jeff Landry

Mayor Landrieu Encouraged to Change Course, Protect Critical Funds, and Improve Public Safety

BATON ROUGE, LA – Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry is once again offering his office’s assistance to New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu in an effort to protect critical federal funding for the City from the United States Department of Justice (USDOJ).

“My office stands ready and available to work with your legal counsel in drafting a policy that conforms to federal law and ensures continued financial support by the USDOJ,” wrote General Landry in a letter today to Landrieu. “The safety of citizens who live, work, and visit New Orleans is too important to ignore.”

General Landry’s offer to help comes hours after the 
USDOJ issued their final warning to New Orleans regarding its sanctuary city policy, stating they must be in compliance with federal immigration law or lose federal funding. As he has done for over a year, the Attorney General emphasized that the Mayor’s disregard for the law jeopardizes grants from the USDOJ and other government agencies. The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) has received millions of taxpayer dollars over the past few years.

“The most recent letter from our U.S. Attorney General should make it clear to you that the Trump Administration and the USDOJ will use all means necessary to uphold the rule of law,” continued General Landry. “Your requirement for NOPD officers to obey your own personal political objectives, rather than federal law, is illegal.”

With a violent crime epidemic sweeping the city, General Landry once again encouraged Mayor Landrieu to abandon political aspirations that “not only hamper public safety but also now jeopardize crucial public safety funding.”

“I am once again reaching out to you and offering the assistance of my office to help mitigate this issue for the citizens of New Orleans,” concluded General Landry. “I urge you to accept our assistance. Change course, protect critical funds, and improve public safety.”


A full copy of Landry’s letter to Landrieu may be found at

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