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Differing Views On Immigration

December 7th, 2007 by mopns · No Comments

by Don Corrigan

Our friends in nearby Valley Park have made national headlines over immigration. City officials reacted with displeasure – and with an ordinance – aimed at what was seen as a growing presence of Mexicans in town without the right paperwork.

In March of this year, St. Louis County Circuit Judge Barbara W. Wallace voided the ordinance. Among other things, the ordinance prohibited illegal aliens from leasing or renting property, and it also declared Valley Park as an English-only city.

Karen L. Tokarz, a law professor and the director of the Washington University clinic which interceded in the ordinance case, called Valley Park’s actions unacceptable.

“These ordinances are fueled by a mixture of misinformation and fear. They foster discrimination and racial profiling,” Tokarz said. “This is the first court judgment in the country outlawing such ordinances and puts other cities on notice that it’s illegal for cities to regulate immigration.” Read more…

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