We hear a lot about "sanctuary cities", but technically, there's no official definition of what a “sanctuary city” is. In both Trump's January 25 Executive Order, and the Louisiana state legislature bill proposed by Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry, the term basically boiled down to "whoever we say it is".
As recently as this weekend, Trump's administration has threatened to pull federal funding from New Orleans over its sanctuary city policy. But the reality is, our city and state officials comply with federal immigration rules and are breaking no laws. (In fact, the DoJ's letter demanding NOLA prove it complies with federal immigration law was based on a now obsolete policy that was long ago revised.)
No matter. The letter is a clear message: Become Trump's civil deportation force, or else.
It's outrageous to demand that our local law enforcement dramatically shift their priorities from keeping residents safe just to accommodate some vague anti-immigrant agenda set out by the president – especially since the Louisiana Sheriffs Association has previously opposed such actions, as they would put an unnecessary strain on already-overburdened police departments.
We need all our members of Congress to back up Mayor Landrieu and stand up for New Orleans. We can't let Trump make an example of this city.
Who: Sen. Bill Cassidy, Sen. John Kennedy AND Rep. Steve Scalise/Cedric Richmond
Where: Cassidy - DC OFFICE: (202) 224-5824 and METAIRIE OFFICE: (504) 838-0130
Scalise - DC OFFICE: (202) 225-3015 and METAIRIE OFFICE: (504) 837-1259
Richmond - DC OFFICE: (202) 225-6636 and NEW ORLEANS OFFICE: (504)288-3777
Reminders: Identify where you're calling from (town and zip code is fine) so they know you're an actual constituent. Only call your own representative. Be concise - the office will get through more calls that way. Be polite and don't argue with the staffer - they don't set policy. If you get a voicemail, then leave a message. And if you get a busy signal -- call back later!
Hi, my name is [Name] from New Orleans, zip code 70118 [or wherever you're from]. I don't need a response.
I'm calling because I want [Senator/Rep] [NAME] to speak out over the Trump administration's threats to impose penalties on New Orleans for being a Sanctuary City. First off, there's no official definition of what a "sanctuary city" is and whether New Orleans meets that definition. Secondly, New Orleans already complies with federal immigration law. If the president wants the city to do something it's not already doing, then he should work with Congress to get additional laws passed. Otherwise, let New Orleans decide for itself how to best allocate resources and serve its people.
Thank you for your time and your work answering phones.
BONUS CALL: Call LA Attorney General Jeff Landry 337 313-4537. Landry is a huge proponent of labeling sanctuary cities and punishing them – so long as he gets to define what one is. In fact, Landry recently pushed for a bill in the state legislature that would have punished sanctuary cities. It failed. Miserably.
This call is courtesy of Indivisible Metairie.