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Tue September 20, 2011
Local Policing and Immigration: What Makes New Orleans Safe?
By Eve Abrams
New Orleans, Louisiana – Immigration and Customs Enforcement is part of the Department of Homeland Security; their job is to enforce federal laws regarding border control and immigration. But lately, when it comes to immigration, the lines between federal, state, and local authorities are becoming blurred. Across the country, some state and local governments are choosing to opt out of immigration enforcement; still others are allowing immigration enforcement to spill over into regular policing. In New Orleans, where the sheriff's office and police department have been under scrutiny of the Justice Department, some say this spillover may be eroding the very safety our laws are intended to promote. Eve Abrams endeavors to find out what makes New Orleans safe. Assistance on this story by Laine Kaplan-Levenson.