Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry announced earlier this week that four men, including an illegal alien, were arrested and charged with nearly 250 counts of possessing child pornography, reports WGNO ABC.
“Keeping Louisiana children safe is a top priority for my office, and we will continue doing all we can to stop child predators,” Landry said. “Internet crimes against children continuously inflict damage; every time one of these videos or images is viewed, the child is re-victimized.”
Landry said these arrests, specifically the arrest of Paul Bojorquez an illegal alien, should be “a wake-up call to our lawmakers.”
“These arrests, especially the one of an illegal alien for exploiting children, should be a wake-up call to our lawmakers,” he said. “It is crucial for the State Legislature and Governor to enact laws that protect the innocence of our children and root out illegal immigration.”
Bojorquez is 35 years old and has been illegally living in Abbeville, LA. It is unclear how long he has been in the country nor is it known where he illegally immigrated from. The other three alleged perverts involved are 40-year-old Carey Sollay, 24-year-old Nikita Hebert, and 38-year-old Ceketric Roberts, all Louisiana residents.
According to Fox News, Landry has previously testified before Congress the devastating impact sanctuary cities have had on Louisiana:
"Louisiana’s chief legal officer blasted leaders of the state's biggest city Tuesday on Capitol Hill, saying New Orleans' insistence on being a so-called “sanctuary city” serves as a "magnet" for illegal immigrants and contributes to crime and rising taxes.
Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry said he believed New Orleans’ policies were not in compliance with federal law and somewhat rhetorically asked members of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security why “being in the United States illegally” was “not a deportable offense.”
“All that does is lead to those people committing additional crimes and thinking it’s okay to break the law,” Landry said.
Landry’s tough stance against illegal immigration has not been without controversy. In 2016, Landry established a task force in New Orleans to arrest illegal aliens, but was forced to disband it due to a federal judge’s ruling:
"The task force generated at least 16 arrests and a heap of controversy over its short lifespan.
The most recent criticism came earlier this month, after the task force had been disbanded, when a federal judge said Landry’s agents had no authority to make arrests in Orleans Parish.
Landry’s task force was launched with a news conference before the 4th of July weekend last year, but it is not clear when it stopped patrolling the city. The Attorney General’s Office could not give an exact date or the total number of arrests the unit made before it closed up shop.
The end of the task force comes as the city continues to struggle with rising rates of violent crime. Rafael Goyeneche, president of the Metropolitan Crime Commission, said the entire saga represented a missed opportunity for a city with a shorthanded police force."
Bojorquez has been placed on a detainer but it is unclear if he will be deported or sent to prison should he be found guilty.
UPDATE: Ruth Abigail Wisher, LA Attorney General Press Secretary, issued the following statement to Townhall.com:
"The AG’s Violent Crimes Task Force was created to assist local, state, and federal law enforcement working to keep New Orleans safe. We significantly curtailed its operations in New Orleans because the Mayor consistently inserted politics, made incorrect claims of non-coordination by our office, and impeded our ability to help."
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