Congress of Day Laborers

Landrieu at Congress of Day Laborers Meeting
Nina Feldman

Last night, Mayor Mitch Landrieu attended the weekly meeting hosted by the Congress of Day Laborers, a group that advocates for immigrant rights. Among the executive orders Donald Trump signed last week, one called  for more federal immigration officers and widened the scope of who they could deport. It also encouraged local law enforcement to work closely with ICE agents. Landrieu assured the assembly that the city will continue to leave deportation to federal officials, and not involve local police.

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Five years ago, the Department of Homeland Security established a program that forwards local arrest records to a national immigration database. If an individual is suspected of being in the country unlawfully, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or "ICE", may ask  local law enforcement to hold the individual until officials can investigate his or her immigration status. These requests are known as ICE holds.  

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The Congress of Day Laborers is pressing local elected officials to investigate reports that undocumented workers are being detained and deported. The complaints center on the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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Immigration advocates in New Orleans say the Supreme Court’s ruling this week on immigration policy will lead to racial profiling. The Congress of Day Laborers is reaching out to minority leaders for support.