My mother’s side of the family have been natives to Louisiana since the very late 17th century. They immigrated from Germany during a time of great turmoil and warfare occurring in Germany. I can’t even imagine how terrified it must have been for my distant relative to travel across an ocean in a wooden boat with no idea what he would encounter. Apparently, people in Germany were being given small pamphlets or brochures (whatever the proper old German term was for it) that claimed Louisiana was a wonderful area where one could create a new life. He (my great grandfather MANY generations back) had no idea that he was headed for a miserably hot swamp land. But I’m sure it sounded better than the war torn Germany he fled.
I’ve had this itch to move to New Orleans since I was in high school. My mother was born and raised there. My parents met there. Dated there. Got married there. New Orleans held a mysticism and romance in my mind that can’t really be described, even though I gave it a good effort in my book, The Keeper’s Realm.
Then Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005 during my junior year of high school. My family watched in horror as the city torn itself apart. The chaos led to the baddies of the baddies flocking to the city to lay claim on whatever they could. The city is still recovering. I could see it when I was there back in April. It was nice visiting it again. I even started having the old feeling coming back that I’d like to experience the sights and sounds of New Orleans again by moving there one day. My friend Katrina (yep, she hates the fact that the hurricane has her name attached) told me, “New Orleans is a place you go. Not a place you live.” I ignored her for a time, thinking that maybe I just needed to learn for myself what it would be like to live there one day.
Now I’m not sure anymore. For the second time in my life, I’m doubting whether or not I will ever take the plunge to live in a city I have adored from afar and heard endless stories about through my mother’s family.
NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana – The Crescent City is a “magnet” for illegal immigrants, said Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry who lambasted the City’s ‘sanctuary’ policies on Capitol Hill.
In front of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security, Landry criticized the policies of New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu (D) and the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD), which prohibit law enforcement from asking residents about their immigration status.
Landry rhetorically asked Committee members why being in the United States illegally was not a reason to deport an individual back to their native country.
“All that does is lead to those people committing additional crimes and thinking it’s okay to break the law,” Landry said, according to Fox News.
Landry, who has been fighting for a ban on sanctuary cities since he assumed office last year, told the Committee that New Orleans’ policies are increasing crime and driving up taxes.
“Los Angeles saw all crime rise in 2015: violent crime up 19.9 percent, homicides up 10.2 percent, shooting victims up 12.6 percent, rapes up 8.6 percent, robberies up 12.3 percent, and aggravated assault up 27.5 percent,” Landry told the committee, according to the Washington Examiner.
Specifically, Landry spoke about the recent death of 36-year-old St. John District Fire Chief Spencer Chauvin of Gramercy, Louisiana and two other victims who were killed after an illegal immigrant drove a bus into an ongoing, minor car crash, as Breitbart Texas reported.
Along with Chauvin, the illegal immigrant bus driver and Honduran national Denis Yasmir Amaya Rodriguez killed 33 year-old Vontarous Kelly and 21-year-old Jermaine Starr in the crash.
Rodriguez, who was driving the bus full of illegal immigrant workers, was headed to Baton Rouge, Louisiana to find low-skilled work in the aftermath of the region’s devastating flood which destroyed more than 60,000 homes.
The company which reportedly hired the illegal workers, WRS, is owned by local Louisiana Constable Eddie Schmidt, as well as David Wallace, a state legislator in Arkansas, as Breitbart Texas reported at the time.
Landry said the case was just one example where illegal immigrants have taken advantage of sanctuary city policies, making it even harder to deport illegal immigrants convicted of crimes.
The use of foreign illegal immigrant workers is not a common trend in the state.
Similar the state’s current flooding disaster, Hurricane Katrina in 2005 brought out a slew of foreign nationals who were hired illegally by contractors and home-repair companies to do the work gutting and rebuilding properties.
Landry pushed for statewide ban on sanctuary cities earlier this year. Despite being widely supported by residents in the state, the legislation was blocked by state Democrats who gutted the bill in order to render it ineffective.
Before the committee hearing, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) echoed Landry’s concerns with New Orleans’ status as a sanctuary city, calling the policies “outrageous” on his Facebook page.
“By hindering federal immigration officers’ ability to apprehend criminal aliens, the Justice Department consciously disregards the safety and security of the American public by enabling the release of these criminals back into our communities to commit more crimes,” Gowdy wrote.
When officers of the law aren’t even allowed to ask the status of someone’s immigration or their citizenship, I get more than scared. I get terrified. This tells me that officers aren’t being permitted to do their jobs. It reminds me of the current political climate in Sweden. When rape victims report their sexual assault, they aren’t allowed to identify the ethnicity of their attackers. Why? Because the rape epidemic by the migrants coming in has Sweden being called the new Rape Capitol of Europe.
When officers aren’t even permitted to do their jobs by asking the status of someone’s citizenship, it encourages others to enter the country illegally to find work. It encourages companies to hire illegal immigrants for lower wages over the citizens of New Orleans, which inevitably causes wages to drop across the board. It also encourages an atmosphere that tells illegals coming in that our tolerance will permit values that don’t coincide with American ones.
Sorry, New Orleans. But we are yet again on a temporary break. Let’s hope things get better.