MAKE AMERICA CARE AGAIN

DuPage County along with Will County, has thrown their support behind legislation that would ban commercially bred animals in pet stores. Animals that are commercially bred many times have health issues and lower welfare standards. Senate Bill 2280 sponsored by Michael Connelley was the product of DuPage and Will counties, The Humane Society of the United States, The Puppy Mill Project and many other advocacy groups. Many of those that support this legislation all spoke of the inhumane treatment of the animals including the abuse, suffering and bad conditions.  I am proud that DuPage County has given a voice to the voiceless.

I believe that being an elected official is about being the voice for the most vulnerable in our society. There are many people who are suffering all over the world. Immigrants come to America seeking refuge for many reasons.  Some come because they have suffered persecution based on race, religion, nationality and political beliefs. Some come because of violence and conflict. Some come simply in search of opportunity and the American Dream. Immigrants add so much to our country. They are hardworking, have good skills and  are job creators. Dreamers are the children of immigrants. For many Dreamers America is the only country they know.

The Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was established under the Obama Administration in 2012.  To be eligible, applicants had to have arrived in the US before age 16 and have lived there since June 15, 2007. They could not have been older than 30 when the Department of Homeland Security enacted the policy in 2012.  DACA has allowed these young people to get driver licenses, enroll in college, legally secure a job and pay taxes. Dreamers were allowed to apply for deferred deportation and could legally reside in the US for two years. After that, they could apply for a renewal.  The Trump administration rescinded DACA in September of 2017 and today Dreamers are living under the ever-present threat of deportation.  Imagine living under constant fear. This is not the America I know. This is not the humane or compassionate way to address the issue of immigration.

In September of 2017 King County passed legislation calling on Congress to swiftly and comprehensively protect the legal status of thousands of Dreamers. King County is located in the State of Washington and is home to about 2 million people. Last week I received an email from the King County Council. The email was a passionate plea for DuPage County to join King County in calling on congress to address immigration reform, specifically DACA, to protect the legal status of Dreamers.

I immediately sent the email on to DuPage County Chairman, Dan Cronin, but have yet to receive a response.

I hope that the Chairman of the DuPage County Board and my colleagues on the DuPage County Board will find the same compassion and humanity for the Dreamers and those seeking refuge in our great nation and county as they have found for the voiceless animals.

You can read more about the DACA here and here.

You can read more about King County here .

You can read about DuPage County efforts on banning commercially bred animals here.

Liz Chaplin

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