More afterthoughts inspired by my Sept. 24 column on immigration, “Trumped-up charges:”

One way to get rid of foreigners in our midst is to help them become Americans. Broadly speaking, that was the policy  that made great the America that Trump wants to restore. Yet Illinois’ newest Congressman, Darin LaHood, voted against measures to allow undocumented immigrants to take fuller part in American life by obtaining drivers licenses or going to school. The only reason to regret the loss of Aaron Schock from the state’s congressional delegation was his support not only for a path to legal immigrant status but citizenship. True, he was repeating what Caterpillar, the biggest employer in his district, was whispering his ear, but we’re better off having Caterpillar doing the Republicans’ thinking than leave it to them, on this issue at least.  

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