My view of the city is in no way a comprehensive one, but it was molded by my tastes (and by the Anne Rice-loving friend from Brooklyn who introduced me to the city). “It’s music, it’s fun, it’s food, it’s partying, it’s a parade all the time.” That feeling turns 300 this year, which marks the anniversary of when Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville founded the French Quarter.
Many of them are also on edge after ICE warned of “disturbing reports that people impersonating” ICE officials were “knocking on doors in the Houston area telling residents to evacuate,” Olivares said.
When I landed at the airport for this most recent visit, I already had a hotel that felt like home (The Columns), a least-favorite popular food (sorry, po’ boy fans), a local institution I recommend to all new visitors (Backstreet Cultural Museum in Tremé) and a favorite leather bar in the French Quarter for getting a cheap 11 a.m.
to-go Bloody Mary (Rawhide2010 — though the graphic S&M playing on the TV screens at all times probably isn’t for everyone).
The same people who sent me angry messages had turned warm within minutes.
One woman I met at the Pinettes show, Renee Lapeyrolerie, wrote me, “Badly worded, not a crime, just a sin lol enjoy the rest of your stay,” and then advised me to put my phone in a zip-lock bag in case it rained.
“People were afraid, so the chief of police, the mayor, the sheriff said no one is going to ask you, you're free to reach out regardless of your immigration status.”Those messages are being overshadowed, he said, by an announcement Wednesday that U. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has deployed hundreds of immigration enforcement agents to “provide security for search and rescue teams” and “assist with search and rescue operations in Southeast Texas in response to Hurricane Harvey.” Keep up with this story and more Related: Hurricane Harvey could cost 0 billion, topping Hurricane Katrina“Having ICE agents there, while I understand the need for additional personnel and more people helping out,” it could stop some from seeking help, Olivares said.