U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis recently voted for two immigration bills that would have resulted in a 40 percent reduction in legal immigration into the United States. Many Republicans and Democrats stood their ground and voted against these ill-considered bills, but unfortunately, our congressman wasn’t one of them.
Rep. Davis’ votes were confusing because they came about six months after he was among lawmakers who sent a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., that argued, “Congress must work to address other issues without our broken immigration system, it is imperative that Republicans and Democrats come together to solve this problem now and not wait until next year.”
Like President Donald Trump, Rep. Davis has said he especially wants to help the Dreamers, young people who were brought here illegally when they were children. The two bills the congressman voted for would leave thousands of dreamers out of the DACA fix. They wouldn’t have solved our immigration problems — they would have made them worse. There are bipartisan bills out there that would help.
I hope the U.S. House will have a shot this year at enacting one of those bills and, if that happens, I hope Rep. Davis will live up to his pledge to “come together” to fix our “broken immigration system.”
Carlo Robustelli, Bloomington