After the Trump administration announced that it will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, Rep. John Shimkus suggested it was time for Congress to step in to provide a “compassionate” solution for “young adults brought here illegally by their parents.”

I couldn’t agree more and I hope that the congressman’s statement means he’ll be supporting the Recognizing America’s Children (RAC), a Republican bill that’s been introduced in the U.S. House. This legislation eventually would allow these young people a chance to earn legal permanent residency if they work, stay off welfare, and obey our laws. According to an independent analysis of the RAC Act, it would create about 5,500 jobs in Illinois and expand our state economy by nearly $3.8 billion. The bill also would generate an extra billion dollars in local and state tax revenues—something we desperately need.

President Trump said he wants Congress to act. He’s said that he “loves” these young people. The president clearly agrees with Rep. Shimkus that we need a compassionate solution. I believe the RAC Act is that solution and hope the U.S. House and Senate will pass it.

Scott Deters, Effingham

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