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Louisiana already had a high level of immigration enforcement before this year, when it seems to have intensified. According to 2012 data from the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University, Louisiana had the highest number of ICE arrests per capita in the country. It has one of the highest rates of deportation proceedings. …

While ICE agents across the nation are assigned to find and deport specific individuals, the New Orleans raids allegedly cast a wide net toward anyone who looks Latino in local gathering spots such as laundromats, grocery stores, parks, nightclubs and apartment complexes.

Nearly 100 tour guides and cabbies denounced tactics used by inspectors with the city’s Taxicab Bureau, alleging a month-long harassment campaign aimed at appeasing Vieux Carre residents bitter over the number and size of street-clogging tourist groups.

Among the protesters was Wendy Bosma, who claims taxi inspector Wilton ‘Big Will’ Joiner tossed her against a car and wrenched her arm, causing severe bruising, while wresting her permit from her during a night tour on Nov. 9.

In 2010, five years after the storm, more than 2,600 properties in the neighborhood — or more than 38 percent of all structures — were vacant, more than doubling the pre-storm vacancy rate. More than half of those buildings would need repairs before they could become habitable again, according to the Community Data Center.

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About Charles Maldonado

Charles Maldonado covers the city of New Orleans and other local government bodies. He previously worked for Gambit, New Orleans’ alternative newsweekly, where he covered city hall, criminal justice and public health. Before moving to New Orleans, he covered state and local government for weekly papers in Nashville and Knoxville, Tenn.