Editorial Comment: Gary Wiegert has been a St. Louis City police officer and resident for over 20 years, and a limited government patriot even longer. Residency law put him in the line of fire when a guy he busted walked by his house and started shooting at him. In short, he is vested in not just police issues, but St. Louis City and City resident issues. His interest is the big picture.
A Safer Missouri, the organization funded by Rex Sinquefield to give control of the St. Louis Police Department over to Mayor Slay and his democratic political machine, is proud to announce on their website that they've been endorsed by La Raza.
A search of their websites reveals they publicly support Latino issues and collectivism (Socialism). What they really support is illegal immigration and Sanctuary cities--American cities that refuse to enforce federal immigration laws. The reason they support local control is they believe the implementation of Sanctuary City policy in St. Louis should be determined by the local sympathetic big city politician regardless of regional concerns.
Sanctuary City policies are championed by liberal cities across the country to encourage illegal aliens to migrate to their city. Illegal aliens children are entitled to the welfare and medical benefits of this country. Welfare benefits fuel the local economy of big cities like St. Louis and Kansas City. Sanctuary City policies hamper the police and make it illegal for police to inquire into a criminal’s illegal alien status. The police are hamstrung by these policies and the police cannot force subjects to produce identification or report to Immigration Customs Enforcement as illegal aliens.
These policies have produced spikes in crime in assorted cities. Texas Governor Rick Perry attempted to address the issue after an illegal alien killed a popular Houston Texas Police Officer.
The state of Missouri outlawed sanctuary cities under the administration of then Governor Matt Blunt. The state laws means nothing if the local authorities operating on big city political considerations order their police to disregard the letter of the law. LaRaza knows that local control is a precursor to turning St. Louis into a sanctuary city which would be bad for the St. Louis Police Department and worse for St. Louis residents and visotors.