August is my favorite month of summer. The days are still long and there’s an excitement in the air as kids get busy preparing for a new school year. Last week was also a busy week across the district, including hosting a job fair in Round Lake, a health care fair in Waukegan, and a “Commuter Town Hall” on the Pace Suburban Bus from Golf Mill Mall in Niles to Hawthorne Mall in Vernon Hills.
I’ve heard from many constituents concerned about the potential release of online blueprints that would allow individuals to use a 3D-printer to manufacture a firearm. While a court order has temporarily delayed the release, legislation is needed to ensure the threat of 3D printed guns does not become a reality for our communities.
As Congress prepared to recess until after Labor Day, things were busy last week in Washington. We had hearings in all three of my committees (Small Business, Judiciary and Foreign Affairs), meetings with constituents, a telephone town hall, and put the finishing touches on our August calendar.
It was another busy week at home, in Washington and around the world. First and foremost, I extend my thoughts to all those affected by the devastating apartment fire in Prospect Heights.
Like many of you, I closely followed President Trump’s travel to Europe and meeting today with Russian President Vladimir Putin. I continue to be alarmed and astonished that President Trump is willing to forgive Russia’s transgressions, while threatening our close NATO allies.
First, I want to reflect on the remarkable rescue of eight young soccer players from a flooded cave in Thailand. I continue to pray for those remaining trapped and for their rescuers. I also extend my sympathies to the family of the rescue diver who died in the process.
I was honored and inspired to join so many people in our community, and around the country, speaking out this weekend to say that Families Belong Together, and standing up in opposition to the Administration’s policy that separated parents and children at the border.
First, I hope all the Dads in the community had a wonderful Father’s Day. Thank you for all you do to love, support, and encourage our daughters and sons of every generation.
This week I want to focus on the outrageous decision by the Department of Justice to separate children from their parents at the border, even in cases of families seeking asylum in our country. Last month, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a new “zero tolerance” border policy to criminally prosecute all individuals who illegally enter the United States.