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Durbin Says Immigration Agreement Possible

Fri, 05 Jul 2013 10:01:39 CDT
By: Haley BeMiller

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin praised the Senate's bipartisan effort at creating an immigration bill, but expressed doubt about the House doing the same. During his visit to Illinois State University, Durbin said the Senate bill addresses the needs of both parties.


"The highest priority of the Republicans: border enforcement between the United States and Mexico," he says. "Highest priority for the Democrats: a path to citizenship. If we could agree on those two basic principles, let's finish the bill. And we did. Took us seven months."

However, Durbin says John Boehner is committed to a House bill that would be supported by only one side of the political spectrum.

"He's going to produce under the Hastert Rule a bill that is approved by a majority of Republicans," he says. "That is not a good starting point. He'll find himself in trouble in a hurry if he takes that approach. Far better to try to do this on a bipartisan basis, and I hope he will."

Durbin received a tour of ISU's nursing simulation lab on Tuesday.

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