[Jane Byrne offends Puerto Ricans in campaign]

Jane Byrne's 1987 mayoral campaign hits a snag when she includes Puerto Ricans among various "aliens" such as Cambodians, Laotians, etc.

00:00Copy video clip URL A news report on Jane Byrne appearing at an event on Chicago’s Southside. She accused Mayor Washington for not doing enough on the war on drugs. She announced her own plan for a crack down on drugs. She says Chicago’s population has been growing from an influx of “alien” immigration from Cambodians, Laotians, Koreans, and Puerto Ricans. Opponents picked up on this faux pas stating that Puerto Ricans are US citizens. Puerto Ricans lashed out saying we are not aliens we are human beings.

01:05Copy video clip URL Key Puerto Rican figures, like Luis Guitierrez, say Byrne and her husband have insulted Hispanics before saying they are on Latino time when they arrive some place late, and by suggesting illegal aliens be sent to New York so they won’t drain social service dollars in Chicago.

01:26Copy video clip URL Byrne says smearing me is gutter politics. This will not stop the drug problem.

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