Jan Brewer, governor of Arizona, speaks to the media outside the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, June 3, 2010. Brewer said she had a ìcordialî private meeting with President Barack Obama on immigration and she stressed the need to ìsecure our bordersî with Mexico. Photographer: Ron Sachs/Pool via Bloomberg *** Local Caption *** Jan Brewer
Updated: August 13, 2012 1:51PM
U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. obviously is struggling with some personal and professional issues. He has had a wonderful political track record, in spite of a few setbacks. If he isn’t in a position to speak up about his lingering absence, it’s understood. In my opinion, he should step back, give up his congressional position and take all the time needed to care for his health and personal issues.
Patricia Davis, Ashburn
Rep. Jackson is just hiding
Cut Rep. Jackson a little slack? Really? Boo hoo! Poor Jesse is suffering from “exhaustion.” Stop defending this scumbag. Everyone knows he’s running and hiding because the feds are investigating him for the Blagojevich mess. This is another reason Chicago politics is so dirty — some of you idiots in the media back them!!
Marion S. Oprzedek, Naperville
Follow Arizona’s model
So Chicago wants to be the “anti Arizona”? Well, in one important way we are. According to a recent article in Bloomberg News, Arizona is at full employment in its construction industry. This is due less to an economic turnaround than to the actions of Gov. Jan Brewer and the Arizona legislature. Because they acted to to make illegal aliens unemployable, there’s enough work for construction workers who are American citizens and legal immigrants. Not only is there enough work, their pay is increasing because bosses can no longer use the endless supply of illegal “cheap” labor to pound wages through the floor.
Here in Chicago, we have different priorities. Instead of protecting the employment opportunities of Americans and legal immigrants, we protect illegal immigrants. “Anti Arizona?” Yep. And anti-American worker, as well.
Gerald Shinn, Pilseon
Thanks, Mayor Emanuel, for making it even harder to get a job in Chicago by telling illegal immigrants that this is a friendly place for them to come and steal jobs, health care, section 8 housing, free schooling for their kids and a link card.
Mark Micienko, Bridgeport