Louisiana Rejects Anti-‘Sanctuary’ Legislation

Ali Noorani.

Bill Stalls After Faith Leaders Testify Against It.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A Louisiana Senate committee chose not to advance a bill Tuesday that would have prohibited so-called sanctuary cities in the state, after pushback from center-right advocates and amid concerns it would lead to racial discrimination.

House Bill 676 would have allowed the state attorney general to withhold funding to municipalities and law enforcement agencies with policies that limit cooperation with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The Louisiana House passed the bill May 17.
Senators who opposed the bill contended that it was discriminatory. Others who spoke out against the bill include faith and law enforcement leaders. Dr. Page Brooks, Lead Pastor of Canal Street Church: A Mosaic Community, based in New Orleans, testified against the bill when it was in the House.

“Christ taught us time and again not to fear the stranger, but to welcome him or her, for whatever we do the immigrant, we do to him,” Dr. Susan Weishar, Migration Specialist/Fellow at Loyola University’s Jesuit Social Research Institute, said during a state House hearing earlier this month. “Sadly, newcomers have often been perceived as the ‘dangerous other’ throughout our history. However, Christians are called to see the face of God in every human being.”

“Unlike Texas, Louisiana is choosing a better path to community safety,” said Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum. “Let local law enforcement officials do their jobs and build trust. Louisiana is right to reject measures that constrict law enforcement and target immigrants.”

About Ramón Jiménez

Ramón Jiménez, actual Managing Editor de MetroLatinoUSA. Periodista que cubre eventos de las comunidades latinas en Washington D.C., Maryland y Virginia. Graduado de la Escuela de Periodismo de la Universidad del Distrito de Columbia. Galardonado en numerosas ocasiones por parte de la Asociación Nacional de Publicaciones Hispanas (NAHP) y otras organizaciones comunitarias y deportivas de la región metropolitana de esta capital. También premiado en dos ocasiones como Mejor Periodista del Año por la cobertura de la comunidad salvadoreña; premios otorgados por la Oficina de Asuntos Latinos del Alcalde de Washington (OLA) y otras organizaciones. Ha sido miembro del jurado calificador en diferentes concursos literarios, de belleza y talento en la región metropolitana. Ha visitado zonas de desastre en Nicaragua, Honduras y El Salvador e invitado a esos países por organizaciones que asisten a personas de escasos recursos económicos. Antes trabajó en otros medios de prensa de Virginia y Washington, D.C., incluyendo reportajes para una agencia noticiosa mundial.

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