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Sen. Durbin says border kids in Illinois are not a danger

Sen. Dick Durb(D-IL) speaks mediabout growing number child refugees from Central Americwho have crossed border Monday July 14 2014. |

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

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Updated: August 16, 2014 6:27AM



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.

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