EDITOR: The U.S. and Mexico are stuck in a dysfunctional relationship that hurts both countries.
By encouraging its poor to illegally emigrate to the U.S., Mexico relieves itself of the responsibility to give its citizens a better life at home. Where did the huge windfall of money from its oil reserves go? Did any of it go to help Mexico’s poor?
And when U.S. businesses hire illegal immigrants at below minimum wage, they cheat American workers out of a living. I have seen this firsthand in the service, restaurant, hospitality and construction industries.
If we only hired American citizens, at salaries starting at or above minimum wage, we are helping our own. We’ll all pay more, but for me, it’s worth it.
GOP health plan
EDITOR: My wife and I have Kaiser health insurance. Before the Affordable Care Act, I was paying $1,200 a month for myself and $650 for my wife every month. Since then, the rates have dropped to $780 for both of us. I think that the Republicans are picking a few select cases where the square peg doesn’t fit the round hole to eliminate this move toward health care for all.
We are one of the few nations that doesn’t have universal health care. If we want to make America great again, shouldn’t we be healthy to enjoy it? Or maybe Congress could give us all the health care plan its members enjoy at our expense.
RP immigrant policy
EDITOR: The primary role of law enforcement, including the Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety, is to protect life and property. Many people who live and work in Rohnert Park are anxious and worried about recent statements in the media about the federal government targeting people who are in the United States illegally.
As the director of Public Safety for the past eight years, we have never worked with Immigration and Custom’s Enforcement in sweeps that result in the arrest of undocumented immigrants. Rohnert Park Public Safety isn’t planning to conduct coordinated sweeps for law-abiding people who are residing our community.
It is my intent in writing this short letter to reduce the fear and anxiety of individuals who are living and working in Rohnert Park and are immigrants and may be undocumented; Public Safety officers are not going to deport you. Our officers have worked extremely hard over the past eight years to build the trust of all civilians, regardless of their immigration status.
We will continue to respect all individuals and do everything in our power to keep them safe in our community. We have not and do not plan to deport members of our community solely based on their immigration status.
Rohnert Park director of Public Safety
EDITOR: The election is over. As one of your letter writers put it, “Governing is all about compromise” (“Failure to govern,” Wednesday). I don’t see why independents, Libertarians, Greens, Democrats and Republicans can’t work together as an American team to compromise on women’s health care, lowering taxes on the 1 percent, suppressing minority voting, blocking scientific research, persecuting Muslims and breaking up Latino families.