Valley Park Ordinance Under Fire

1 decade 10 months 1 week ago Wednesday, November 08 2006 Nov 8, 2006 Wednesday, November 08, 2006 7:05:01 PM CST November 08, 2006 in News

"We're not making any new laws we're not trying to usurp any authority we're not trying to make policy or set immigration policy whatsoever," said Alderman Mike White. "What we're trying to do is work with the laws currently on the books."

Unlike many ordinances that have a grandfather clause or a grace period, this ordinance has neither. In fact, within hours of passage nearly two dozen Hispanic families were forced out of their apartment building. Call it instant enforcement that caused some hard feelings.

"Everybody gone."

"Were they nice people?"

"Yes, good people."

"Where did they go?"

"Friends, Mexico."

"Were they legal?"

"[I] don't know," said one of their neighbors, Carlos Gamez.

"Valley Park is over-extending its reach and has passed legislation that was anti-immigrant, that opened a real Pandora's Box, and has led to racial profiling that's dangerous," complained Hector Molina, director of Hispanic Ministry for the St. Louis Archdiocese. "It's reckless, irresponsible, it's a knee-jerk reaction."

The archdiocese has filed suit against Valley Park and is teaming up with the American Civil Liberties Union. At least 22 lawyers will fight the Valley Park law.

"It may seem like overkill, a case like this in a small town," admitted ACLU lawyer Tony Rothert. "But we want to nip this problem in the bud and make sure any city that is considering this will be challenged."

The mayor hopes to take advantage of the national publicity that Valley Park is attracting.

"Is this a model for the rest of the nation? I hope so," Whittaker said.

"If you pass an ordinance like this, you'll find you had a much bigger problem than you thought," Alderman White responded.

Of course, the ordinance is the talk of the town in places like Donahue's.

"If you want to be here, do it the right way," said John Puzzo of St. Louis County. "We can't go anywhere and expect the same thing. They should have to play by the same rules."

Molina said, "I empathise with the frustration. But, if we're going to give local municipalities carte blanche, for them to regulate and enforce immigration and force property owners to be, all of a sudden, immigration police, then we're in for a world of trouble."

It has turned into a world of trouble for Valley Park, which said the ordinance targets renters and employers, not immigrants, in order to prevent an illegal immigration problem.

More News

Grid
List
FULTON - The Fulton Fire Department was called to a fire on West 6th Street Monday that scorched a building... More >>
25 minutes ago Wednesday, September 20 2017 Sep 20, 2017 Wednesday, September 20, 2017 1:05:14 PM CDT September 20, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - An organization designed to help people is possibly getting some help of its own from the city of... More >>
44 minutes ago Wednesday, September 20 2017 Sep 20, 2017 Wednesday, September 20, 2017 12:46:00 PM CDT September 20, 2017 in News
JOPLIN — Joplin and one of the counties surrounding the southwest Missouri city have joined a prescription drug monitoring program... More >>
1 hour ago Wednesday, September 20 2017 Sep 20, 2017 Wednesday, September 20, 2017 12:28:46 PM CDT September 20, 2017 in News
FAIRVIEW, Okla. (AP) — Federal marshals say the last of two inmates who overpowered guards, stole a prison transport van... More >>
1 hour ago Wednesday, September 20 2017 Sep 20, 2017 Wednesday, September 20, 2017 12:05:00 PM CDT September 20, 2017 in News
LEXINGTON — The alumni association of the former Wentworth Military Academy and College won its battle to claim ownership of... More >>
1 hour ago Wednesday, September 20 2017 Sep 20, 2017 Wednesday, September 20, 2017 11:50:00 AM CDT September 20, 2017 in News
KANSAS CITY — Authorities say a parent and his child were taken into custody after a beating inside a high... More >>
3 hours ago Wednesday, September 20 2017 Sep 20, 2017 Wednesday, September 20, 2017 10:21:00 AM CDT September 20, 2017 in News
ST. LOUIS - A St. Louis man has been sentenced to three years in prison in a fiery drunken driving... More >>
3 hours ago Wednesday, September 20 2017 Sep 20, 2017 Wednesday, September 20, 2017 9:55:00 AM CDT September 20, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY – The Central Missouri Foster Care and Adoption Association (CMFCAA) is teaming up with Lincoln University to take... More >>
4 hours ago Wednesday, September 20 2017 Sep 20, 2017 Wednesday, September 20, 2017 8:35:00 AM CDT September 20, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Police arrested a suspect Tuesday night in connection with the shooting death of Nathan Taylor on McKee Street... More >>
5 hours ago Wednesday, September 20 2017 Sep 20, 2017 Wednesday, September 20, 2017 8:11:22 AM CDT September 20, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The Jefferson City Council announced Monday it will declare next week, Diaper Need Awareness Week. The... More >>
13 hours ago Tuesday, September 19 2017 Sep 19, 2017 Tuesday, September 19, 2017 11:38:00 PM CDT September 19, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA – Local education and social services professionals talked to mid-Missouri legislators about a number of issues facing young people,... More >>
17 hours ago Tuesday, September 19 2017 Sep 19, 2017 Tuesday, September 19, 2017 8:23:00 PM CDT September 19, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA – The price of electricity won't be going up for now. The Columbia City Council struck down an... More >>
17 hours ago Tuesday, September 19 2017 Sep 19, 2017 Tuesday, September 19, 2017 8:18:00 PM CDT September 19, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA – Bus riders will soon find themselves waiting a little bit longer for their ride. On Monday, the City... More >>
17 hours ago Tuesday, September 19 2017 Sep 19, 2017 Tuesday, September 19, 2017 7:38:00 PM CDT September 19, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A third person appointed by Gov. Eric Greitens to the state board of education won't serve... More >>
18 hours ago Tuesday, September 19 2017 Sep 19, 2017 Tuesday, September 19, 2017 7:12:35 PM CDT September 19, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - After a July grand opening, Welcome Home was able to move veterans into its new facility on Tuesday... More >>
19 hours ago Tuesday, September 19 2017 Sep 19, 2017 Tuesday, September 19, 2017 6:18:00 PM CDT September 19, 2017 in News
ST. CHARLES (AP) — A Missouri woman has been sentenced to 21 years in prison for leaving her 2-year-old son... More >>
19 hours ago Tuesday, September 19 2017 Sep 19, 2017 Tuesday, September 19, 2017 5:35:00 PM CDT September 19, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Attorney General Josh Hawley announced his office's investigation into Equifax Tuesday, along with attorneys general from 43... More >>
20 hours ago Tuesday, September 19 2017 Sep 19, 2017 Tuesday, September 19, 2017 4:48:00 PM CDT September 19, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - They are becoming a common sight, tattoos and piercings. According to medical professionals, more young adults and adolescents... More >>
21 hours ago Tuesday, September 19 2017 Sep 19, 2017 Tuesday, September 19, 2017 3:49:00 PM CDT September 19, 2017 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 88°
2pm 89°
3pm 90°
4pm 90°
5pm 89°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

1:00p
Days of Our Lives
2:00p
The Dr. Oz Show
3:00p
Dr. Phil
1:00p
Maury
2:00p
Maury
3:00p
The Robert Irvine Show

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
America's Got Talent
9:01p
The Good Place
7:00p
Arrow
8:00p
Supernatural
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld