Sen. Durbin says border kids in Illinois are not a danger
BY MITCH DUDEK AND LYNN SWEET Staff Reporters July 14, 2014 10:29PM
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) speaks to the media about the growing number of child refugees from Central America who have crossed the border, on Monday, July 14, 2014. | Chandler West/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: July 15, 2014 2:36PM
After touring a shelter in the Chicago area that houses children from a recent rush of unaccompanied minors to the U.S. border, Senator Dick Durbin on Monday said he wanted to make it clear the youths are not a danger to Illinois citizens.
“My friends, you would want to adopt these children if you spent five minutes in the room with them,” Durbin said at a news conference at Loyola University Chicago in Rogers Park. “They are lovely, beautiful little kids.”
His remarks come after Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., and some other GOP lawmakers alleged that some of the children may be gang-affiliated or at risk of being recruited by gangs.