Abbott forgets Texans were once immigrants yearning to become Americans

We once worried about the values of the people of Texas. Their leadership is showing us that worry has not changed.

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Cataleya takes a bite of a necatrine alongside her father Elier as they wait for a bus to take them to a refugee center outside Union Station in Chicago, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2022.  | Cataleya, sentada junto a su padre Elier, se come una nectarina mientras esperan en Union Station de Chicago un autobús que los llevará a un refugio temporal el año pasado. | Anthony Vazquez/Archivos Sun-Times

A girl takes a bite of a nectarine as she sits next to her father Wednesday night, as they wait for a bus outside Union Station to take them to a refugee center.

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This letter is really a thank you note to Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas.

By sending busloads of newly arrived immigrants from Texas to welcoming cities like Chicago, New York City and Washington, D.C., he is reminding us that many areas of the nation still believe in the words inscribed on the Statue of Liberty: ”Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” And Mayor Lori Lori Lightfoot was extremely welcoming to these newcomers.

What is ironic about this news story is its place in history. Texas was once a separate nation after winning independence from Mexico in 1836.

The citizens of the Republic of Texas elected Sam Houston as their president, but also endorsed making Texas part of the Union. Congress, however, delayed any formal kind of action for almost a decade because Texas was a slave state and we did not share the same values. Its slaveholding status would upset the delicate balance in Congress and would “overwhelm our communities,” as Abbott has been quoted when referencing immigrants in his state recently. Congress finally annexed Texas in 1844, and the republic officially entered the U.S. in December 1845.

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Abbott has forgotten that his whole state was once a group of immigrants yearning to be Americans. Eventually we allowed Texas into our union and they could breathe free. We once worried about the values of the people of Texas. Their leadership is showing us that worry has not changed.

Jan Goldberg, Riverside

Putting bathrooms in all parks

I love reading stories about Chicagoans using our parks. But let’s not forget: When people use the parks, they also need bathrooms.

Riis Park has beautiful tennis courts and a running track, but no bathrooms. I know construction is going on, but why can’t they have portable bathrooms? We know what the men are doing, but women can’t use trees. The Chicago Park District needs to put bathrooms in all parks, and they need to open when the parks are being used. 

Diane Blaszczyk, Norwood Park

Prioritize Chicagoans first

The mayor said she is going to provide care and assistance for the immigrants bused to Chicago from Texas. Mayor, when are you going to provide care and assistance to the homeless of Chicago who are living under viaducts, on trains, sleeping and living in tents?

Charity should begin at home and then spread. Your priorities are mixed up.

LaVerne A. Nichols, Brainerd

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