A few weeks ago, in the County Council meeting I brought up a resolution on immigration policy and it generated a lot of interest—and maybe some confusion.
So, I want to clear up some things about my intentions.
First a little background.
In the last two years the federal government has provided tax abatements and/or tax credits in the amount of $20 million dollars to build apartment buildings in our community. We have seen an increase in apartments in our county of approximately 160%.
In the month of September 2023, the Mayor of St. Louis announced that they were negotiating with leaders in Chicago to transfer immigrants to St. Louis. Chicago is a sanctuary city with a lot of problems. St. Louis is leading the country in the worst crime per capita with Chicago to follow.
The “Parole” program that was administered by Homeland Security through the Biden Administration changes our federal immigration laws with no legislative act from Congress. Our Missouri Attorney General along with 19 other state attorneys general filed lawsuits against this policy.
In the opinion of these state attorneys general, these immigrants are illegal. Our county and the city of St. Louis cannot afford the additional strain on infrastructure and law enforcement.
We welcome any immigrant who follows the federal immigration laws put in place by Congress that every person had to follow. If, in fact, you believe that the program is legitimate, then it requires the sponsor to fund the parolee for two years. In this case, they declared they would fund the immigrant for three months.
And then what?
Also, if it’s truly a humanitarian effort, then why is it limited to only four countries of origin? The County Council introduced a resolution to simply support the notion that we believe in following all federal and state immigration laws and support our attorney general.
Other council members voted No, claiming the resolution served no meaningful purpose.
But I believe as leaders you stand up for the things you believe in– especially when neighboring communities are doing things unlawfully.
County Councilman Joe Brazil