Require non-resident worker registration
Jefferson Parish deputies are looking for Edmundo Cerda-Anima in the sexual abuse and beating death of Sandra Adams at Lafreniere Park.
An arrest warrant was obtained today for a suspect in the beating death of a woman who was abducted while exercising in Lafreniere Park.
Jefferson Parish sheriff's deputies said they are seeking Edmundo Cerda-Anima, 25, on a first-degree murder charge in the killing of Sandra Adams, 51, of Metairie. They said they developed Cerda-Anima as a suspect with help from the Wichita, Kan., Police Department, although the connection was not immediate clear.
The announcement came after deputies impounded a white Ford Expedition similar to the getaway vehicle that they were seeking in Adams' killing.
Deputies seized the vehicle Tuesday evening at an apartment building in the 500 block of Eisenhower Avenue, about a mile south of the Metairie park, a resident of the building said today. The resident, Karen Brown, said the vehicle had been driven by four construction workers who moved into the building three to four months ago.
Another article is describing Cerda-Anima as a 25-year-old Mexican national and construction worker. His immigration status is not known.
Again, I reiterate my belief that all non-resident workers should be required to register for a work permit -- that is, those workers who aren't local residents, whether they be domestic or foreign. This would make it possible to do background checks to ensure that we aren't allowing criminals into our neighborhoods, and into our homes. The construction industry is an easy place for people to hide who don't want to be found. I'm not just talking about immigrants. I'm also talking about the proliferation of pretty wicked-looking workers from other states.
Recall that two other recent murders were probably perpetrated by people working in the rebuilding trade. There was the hit-and-run murder of Toby Beaugh on Magazine Street just before Mardi Gras. Just a couple of weeks ago, there was the shooting of Tommy Clark in the French Quarter while he was escorting two women who were assaulted by the perpetrator.
I recall that when I worked in England some years ago, I had to register with the local police. Seems pretty sensible, doesn't it? Of course, the process only works when people enter legally, and when there's enforcement.
We need tighter control on who's coming into the city to work. It would be very ironic indeed if Cerda-Anima turns out to be an illegal immigrant at a time when President Bush hasn't been enforcing immigration laws in New Orleans. Outside of a publicity raid on Lee Circle a couple of months ago, no other actions by Immigration and Customs Enforcement have been publicized. I certainly am not seeing any ICE officers anywhere in town, and even when I saw them back in October, they admitted that their explicit instructions were to not do any enforcement activity.
5/25/06 update: Some may interpret my remarks as being xenophobic. Quite the contrary. I welcome the contribution anyone wishes to make to the rebuilding of New Orleans. Allowing violent criminals into the city -- especially criminal immigrants -- will definitely lead to mass xenophobia. Nothing would be worse for the city, or for respectable, hard-working immigrants.
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