Lafayette City Marshal Brian Pope is calling on Sheriff Candidate Mark Garber to repudiate his statements, made in a 2013 interview on Honduras HCH Television, in which Garber allegedly encourages illegal immigrants to come to Louisiana, reassuring them that if they are hurt, they can file worker’s compensation claims with the help of a “qualified attorney”, “without fear of being deported.”
Garber is a Worker’s Compensation Attorney whose two-man firm specializes in serving Spanish speaking clients. Pope says he is concerned about the increasing difficulty of dealing with illegal immigrants who commit crimes in Lafayette Parish.
“We already have serious challenges with our current sheriff who refuses to let the Marshal’s Office and other local law enforcement agencies arrest illegal immigrants accused of crimes, and we are not able to track them.” said Pope.
“Just in my office alone in city court, we have over 1,000 open warrants and open charges that we are prevented from addressing because of that tissue.”
City Marshal Brian Pope says the issue with charging illegal immigrants as well as issuing warrants has been an issue the City Marshal’s Office has faced since former City Marshal Nicky Picard was in office.