ODESSA, TX (KWES) - A 60-year tradition in Odessa continues. The Permian Basin of West Texas Central Labor Union held its annual Labor Day lunch. The event celebrates the hardworking men and women in this country.
Labor Day is a national holiday by action of the United States Congress, it was only right Odessa native, Congressman Mike Conaway, was one of speakers honoring hard work.
"Labor Day is a terrific holiday. It celebrates the men and women who built the country, the hard work, sweat equity that goes into it," said Conaway. "The folks who build, make and repair things every single day are faced by the events of labor."
Conaway talked about the country's potential to create more jobs.
"Laborers and folks who have jobs are best affected by policy that allows businesses to create new jobs, allows businesses to compete around the world and instead of having the federal government set a backdrop of correct tax policy to the regulatory scheme that doesn't over-regulate and still protects the environment and still protects your worker rights, those kinds of things is essential," said Conaway.
Another popular topic of conversation was President Trump's possible repeal of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) after Trump makes a decision Congress has 6 months to act on it.
"Then the work will be can we find a proper policy that reflects the position these young kids find themselves in, they have no fault of their own," said Conaway. "Probably the big controversy is where you draw the line age wise, in terms of when the child was brought here. Clearly for a certain age everyone agrees they should have one treatment, above a certain age they probably shouldn't be considered DACA that'll be a little bit of controversy. But I like the idea of giving Congress 6 months to find a solution to put on the president's desk."
Currently to qualify for DACA, a child must be under the age of 16 when entering the United States.