Iowa mayor discusses issues at national conference
Dubuque Mayor Roy Buol.
The leaders of at least three Iowa cities are in the nationâs capitol for the U.S. Conference of Mayors. The mayors of Davenport, Des Moines and Dubuque are attending the event.
Dubuque Mayor Roy Buol says one primary focus of discussion is about the Trump administration proposal to create jobs and improve our communities through a massive road and bridge construction proposition.
âWeâre hopeful that this year, thereâll be some real action taken on that,â Buol says. âItâs a $5-trillion deferred need so weâre looking, hopefully, at some significant dollars thatâll be put into infrastructure.â Along with infrastructure improvements comes the need to be best prepared for severe weather issues, having everything from storm sewers to floodwalls in top work ing order. âClimate change is a major concern for every mayor and council in this country,â Buol says, and thatâs another key topic being addressed.
âDepending on where you are, the effects are different, but especially in coastal cities where weâre having hurricanes and sea rise and flooding from rain events across the country,â he says, âjust catastrophic weather situations.â The Trump administration lashed out at so-called sanctuary cities this week, communities that vow to protect immigrants in the country illegally from being deported. Federal officials are seeking documentation on whether local police and sheriffâs departments are hiding actions from U-S immigration officials â" which is against the law.
Buol says Dubuque is trying to show itself as a âwelcoming community.â âWeâre definitely not going to be doing anything illegal but weâre trying to make a community of choice,â Buol says. âWhen you look at immigration from a city position, itâs really something that is critical to the future success, not only of Dubuque, Iowa, but of every city in this country.â He says itâs no coincidence that immigration is a hot-button issue at the same time communities across the country are struggling to find workers as thousands of jobs are going unfilled.
âOne of the ways that is going to be remediated is through immigration,â he says. âPeople come to this country, like they always have, that have skills and education and theyâre looking for a better life. Theyâre the people cities are looking to to help fill these jobs.â
The summit opened in Washington D.C. on Wednesday and concludes later today. Buol is among 250 mayors from across the country at the conference.
Sumber: Google News | Warta 24 Buol