Only U.S. citizens would be allowed to hold airport jobs that involve access to planes and baggage under proposed federal legislation that an Illinois congressman announced Tuesday.In theory I would prefer local government to handle local employees, as being more safety-conscious and accountable, but this is Chicago, Crook County, where the local pols don't even want photo IDs at the polling place. And what's their reaction?:
In addition, responsibility for issuing airport employee security badges should be shifted from local authorities to the federal government, U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) said in response to recent security problems uncovered at O'Hare International Airport.
Ken Fletcher, the TSA's deputy federal security director at O'Hare, said the Chicago Department of Aviation recently completed issuing new security badges to all workers at O'Hare.How reassuring. I don't think so. Recall also that Chicago has declared itself a sanctuary city.
Although TSA officials promised to attack security loopholes, a City of Chicago aviation security official was unwilling to take any responsibility at the hearing for phony or expired employee badges getting into the hands of undocumented workers.
"We are fully compliant with all federal security regulations," said Joseph O'Connor Jr., deputy commissioner for security at the Chicago Department of Aviation.
Chicago always passes the buck, so pass the bill.
UPDATE: Related news, Yahoo (His popularity is now about 25%, with 70% of New Yorkers opposed to the plan):
Gov. has decided to abandon a plan to issue driver's licenses to illegal immigrants, officials familiar with the decision told The Associated Press Tuesday night.Related posts: Chicago Shoppers on AQ List?, Durbin Betrays Us
The governor is due to meet Wednesday morning with New York's congressional delegation, many of whom openly oppose the program. Debate over the issue also has spilled into New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign.