To the Editor:
Our leaders in Washington are trying to negotiate a bill that would allow 800,000 young people living in our country — the Dreamers — to apply for legal permanent residency. I hope they succeed and that Rep. Rodney Davis will support this legislation.
Rep. Davis has said, “Nobody who has been brought to this country at a young age through no fault of their own, who knows no other country, should ever have to worry about being sent to a country they’ve never been to.” The congressman expressed the situation beautifully. The average Dreamer has lived in the United States 20 years, and Dreamers’ average age at arrival is 6 years old. That means they’ve been here nearly their whole lives. They’re working at jobs or are in school. We have nothing to fear, and so much to gain, by giving them an opportunity to become Americans.
Most voters agree. In an April poll, 78 percent of Americans and 72 percent of Republicans said they want Congress to pass legislation to allow the Dreamers to stay. Over the past months, President Donald Trump has made it clear that he wants Congress to act and now. According to a late September Fox News poll, 86 percent of Americans and 80 percent of Republicans say they want Congress to solve this problem. The president is right. Rep. Davis is right. American voters are right. The Dreamers should stay.
University of Illinois