Today we’ve witnessed yet another reason why this is the least effective Congress in history. Whether it’s funding roads and bridges, or securing our borders through immigration reform, Congress is too busy playing politics to do its job. So frequently it’s up to cities like Dayton to take up the slack–whether we want to or not.
Recently Dayton was asked to help some of the unaccompanied children who have been coming through our southern border. As long as these children are here, we have an obligation to ensure that their basic needs are met as they go through the federal process to determine their status in this country. As Americans, we provide due process rights…it is what makes us great as a nation. I know Daytonians feel compassion when they think about frightened children needing a temporary place to stay and a warm meal.
Today Congressman Turner attacked me via a letter to President Obama for cooperating with the Federal Government. Even though he himself voted for the law that made it easier for these children to come legally. Mr. Turner has been in office for 12 years and he’s failed to move immigration reform forward.