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Sunday Letters: Immigration crackdown hurts families, nation

I was made aware this week that the federal government is going after undocumented individuals this week at a very aggressive level. The result is that they are either preparing to or have deported adults and are sending their kids to foster care system.

What people fail to understand is that by far most of these people work in most cases multiple jobs and are receiving paychecks. Please note most of the jobs these people would be very difficult to people find others to replace them. Even if the Social Security numbers maybe incorrect the taxes are being deducted and paid in to the system of which those people will never receive the benefit.

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In addition by breaking up the family units and passing the cost the children to the foster care system it has been proven that kids in foster care or similar system have a significantly higher chance of getting in trouble thereby crime to keep increasing as apposed being in a family care unit.

I came to this country as an immigrant as a kid with my family thinking this country gives people a chance to better themselves and be in a free democracy. The leaders of this country are conducting themselves in very irresponsible manner mostly benefiting themselves and their political donors.

Takis Sarantos, Glenview

Students held hostage

In response to the “Disappointed Citizens” reader feedback from RaeAnne Norlock regarding Gov. Bruce Rauner holding students education hostage, I think this is somewhat akin to the pot calling the kettle black. It seems to me that the Chicago Teachers Union is far more guilty of this tactic, seeing that they threaten a teachers strike every time they don’t get their way, no matter the budget constraints.

Fred Dreger, Elmhurst

Development wrong for Pullman

Looming construction of a new, 40-unit affordable housing complex that gives preference to artists on a vacant historic site in the Pullman National Monument has divided the community and raised vexing questions about the future of Chicago’s only national park.

For the past decade, Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives and its president David Doig have worked to develop Chicago’s Pullman neighborhood. If Doig’s name sounds familiar, it’s because he was general superintendent of the Chicago Park District during most of the controversial Soldier Field renovation. An outspoken proponent of the renovation, Doig helped usher it through in spite of threats by the National Park Service to strip Soldier Field’s national landmark status. They made good on the threat in February 2006. Now, Doig has set his sights on a historic plot in the Pullman National Monument, and this should make Chicagoans uneasy.

Don’t get me wrong. Doig’s an affable fellow and a hero to many Pullmanites and South Siders. The cheers were almost audible when word spread through Facebook that Chipotle and Potbelly promised locations in Pullman Park, a mixed use economic development located along the Bishop Ford Expressway.

But frankly, Doig’s Pullman Park is a Frankenstein’s monster — economic development run amok. It features Method, a green manufacturer with the world’s largest rooftop garden; next to Wal-Mart, the ultimate emblem of America’s careless consumerism. It also boasts a nail salon, budget retail, a medical center, and soon, a 138,000 square-foot athletic complex. But when you live on the South Side, you take what’s given, and you don’t ask too many questions.

Doig is an effective developer, but he is no Solon Spencer Beman. Beman was the sole architect who designed every structure in Pullman from its factory to its stables, from its market hall to its church, from its executive homes to its worker tenements. Doig’s catch-as-catch-can approach to development doesn’t resemble the prescient and comprehensive plan that brought accolades to the town of Pullman over a century ago and that still draws thousands of visitors today.

Beman’s vision and Pullman’s national monument status are at risk if we sit idly by as developers carve up this national treasure for their own gain. It is inconceivable that infill construction would be Pullman’s first project following its monument designation. Dozens of better-suited locations exist in and around Pullman for this development, but were never considered. It’s too late to save Soldier Field, but it’s not too late to preserve Pullman.

Mark Cassello, Pullman

A new Howard Stern

The Sun-Times editorial on “Trump’s potty talk” seems shocked at what Trump is getting away with.

“It’s pretty much going into new territory,” was one line.

I disagree. We have seen this before. Donald Trump is nothing but Howard Stern on steroids. When the public has had enough, gets bored and disgusted, Trump will go the way of Stern. A fool and his follies.

Michael Sosa, Belmont-Cragin