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12.11.18

Durbin: Democrats Want Border Security, But Will Not Support Administration's Hardline Anti-Immigrant Agenda

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today rebuked President Donald Trump's claims that Democrats "do not want border security." During a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Kevin McAleenan, Durbin reminded Commissioner McAleenan that earlier this year, a bipartisan majority of the Senate supported Durbin's bipartisan immigration and border security agreement but it failed to reach the 60 votes it needed because of t… Continue Reading


12.11.18

Durbin, Reed, Leahy, Schatz Press Secretary Mattis On Plans To Build Barriers Along Arizona Border

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Vice Chairman of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee; Jack Reed (D-RI), Ranking Member of the Armed Services Committee: Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Vice Chairman of the Appropriations Committee; and Brian Schatz (D-HI), Ranking Member of the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee today pressed Secretary of Defense James Mattis about planned activities on the Barry M. Goldwater Range near Yuma, Arizona, including buildin… Continue Reading


10.03.18

Durbin: Secretary Nielsen Must Be Held Accountable For Family Separation Crisis & Resign

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Ranking Member of the Senate Immigration Subcommittee, today in a speech on the Senate floor called on U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen to resign for her failed leadership in the Trump Administration's disastrous family separation policy. Nearly 2,700 children were forcibly separated from their parents at our border, with at least 136 kids still not reunited today. "I believe Secretary Nielsen shoul… Continue Reading


10.02.18

Durbin Statement On DOJ Investigation Into Trump Administration's Family Separation Crisis

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Ranking Member of the Senate's Immigration Subcommittee, today released the following statement after the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of the Inspector General announced that it will initiate a review of the Justice Department's implementation of the Trump Administration's zero-tolerance policy. Durbin and 30 of his Senate colleagues called for this investigation in a letter to DOJ Inspector General Horowitz in July. This … Continue Reading


09.18.18

Durbin, Feinstein Statement on Trump Administration Decision To Slash Refugee Resettlement Goal For Second Year In A Row

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), Ranking Member of the Senate Immigration Subcommittee, and U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today released the following statement after the Trump administration announced that it will aim to admit 30,000 refugees to the U.S. in the coming year, down from the current level of 45,000: The Trump administration has once again dropped America's moral standing to a new low by setting the refugee ceil… Continue Reading


08.22.18

Durbin, Dem Senators To DHS Secretary Nielsen: Under Your Leadership, Immigration Crisis Grows Worse By The Day

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), ranking member of the Senate's Immigration Subcommittee, led 19 Senators today in sending a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen imploring her to reverse course on several anti-immigrant policies implemented by her agency, including by immediately reunifying all children separated at the border by the Trump Administration's zero-tolerance policy. The Senators also called on Secretary Nielsen to restore DACA, support the… Continue Reading


07.31.18

Durbin Statement On Completion Of Internal Investigation Of Heartland Alliance Into Allegations Of Physical & Emotional Abuse At Chicago Facility

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today released the following statement after Heartland Alliance, an Illinois-based social services agency, announced that their internal investigation found no evidence to support reported allegations of physical and emotional abuse made by children who were recently cared for at Casa Guadalupe, a Chicago shelter run by Heartland: I'm pleased that Heartland Alliance took my call for a timely internal investigation seriously. The alleg… Continue Reading


07.31.18

Durbin Calls On DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen To Step Down In Wake Of Failure To Reunite "Deleted" Families

WASHINGTON-During a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the Trump Administration's incompetent family reunification efforts, U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today called on U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, the architect of this humanitarian disaster, to resign. "Incredibly, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen claimed, 'We do not have a policy of separating families at the border. Period.' But it was on her watch and under her lea… Continue Reading


07.26.18

On Deadline Day To Reunite Separated Families, Durbin & Senators Call For DOJ Investigation of "Zero Tolerance" Immigration Policy

WASHINGTON-Today, U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), along with 30 other senators, sent a letter to Department of Justice (DOJ) Inspector General Michael Horowitz calling for an investigation into DOJ's role in the creation and implementation of the Trump Administration's "zero-tolerance" immigration policy. The Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General and the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General are conducting reviews of the zero-to… Continue Reading


06.27.18

Durbin Statement On Court Order Blocking Trump Child Separation Policy

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) released the following statement on a preliminary injunction issued by a federal district court judge in San Diego against the Trump Administration's child separation policy: This ruling is clear: the Trump Administration's child separation policy harms kids and must be stopped. It's time to close this embarrassing chapter in our nation's history once and for all. Kids win. -30-… Continue Reading


06.26.18

Durbin: No Law Required Trump's Child Separation Policy, And We Don't Need Any New Laws To Reunite Families

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today spoke on the Senate floor about the Trump Administration's cruel policy of separating children from their parents who arrive at the Southern border of the United States seeking protection from horrific violence in the Northern Triangle region of Central America. Durbin discussed his recent visit to a facility in Chicago that houses children who have been separated from their parents due to the President's 'zero-tolerance' policy tha… Continue Reading


06.26.18

Durbin Calls On Trump Admin To Answer Questions About Children Forcibly Separated From Parents At Border

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today pressed Alex Azar, Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), for detailed information on the health and well-being of children forcibly separated from their parents as part of the Trump Administration's "zero tolerance" policy. The nation's medical community has uniformly warned about the catastrophic health effects of this Administration's family separation policy on children, and expressed strong opposition … Continue Reading


06.26.18

Durbin Statement On Supreme Court Ruling On Trump's Muslim Ban

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) released the following statement after the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 to uphold President Trump's revised Executive Order banning travel from certain Muslim-majority countries: I agree with Justice Sotomayor: this decision upholding President Trump's Muslim Travel Ban fails to safeguard the principle of religious neutrality embedded in our Bill of Rights. History will not be kind to this president's policies or the Supreme Court Justices wh… Continue Reading


06.21.18

Durbin: Trump Executive Order On Child Separation Calls For Locking Up Children And Their Families Indefinitely

WASHINGTON - In a speech on the Senate Floor, U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) blasted President Trump, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and the Trump Administration's cruel policy of separating children from their parents who arrive at the Southern border of the United States seeking protection from horrific violence in the Northern Triangle region of Central America. Durbin criticized the President's Wednesday Executive Order that doubles down on his "zero-tolerance" policy and cr… Continue Reading


06.20.18

Durbin Statement On Trump Order To Continue 'Zero Tolerance' & Detain Children Indefinitely

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) released the following statement after President Trump signed a new executive order attempting to overturn the Flores Settlement, a 1997 court order that set minimum standards for the detention, housing, and release of non-citizen children who are detained by the U.S. government, and requires the government to pursue a general policy of releasing children. Repealing the Flores Settlement was a key component of President Trump's own immigr… Continue Reading


06.19.18

Durbin Calls On Republicans In Congress To Tell Trump To End Family Separation Today

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today called on Senate Republicans to have the courage to speak up against the Trump Administration's policy of separating children from their parents at the border. Durbin made remarks with other members of the Democratic Leadership outside the Senate chamber. President Trump will huddle with Congressional Republicans on Capitol Hill later today. "The President with his lying tweets. The Attorney General hiding behind his Bible. The Sec… Continue Reading


06.13.18

Durbin Calls On Republicans To Stand Up And Stop Trump Policy Of Family Separation At The Border

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today blasted Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the Trump Administration's cruel policy of separating children from their parents who arrive at the Southern border of the United States seeking protection from horrific violence in the Northern Triangle region of Central America. "Some mothers were told, 'we're going to give your child a bath. Oh, we're going to give your child a meal,' and then the child was snatched away. That is the of… Continue Reading


06.07.18

Durbin, Duckworth, 38 Senators Call On Trump To End Policy Of Separating Children From Their Parents At The Border

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today joined U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR), Patty Murray (D-WA), and 38 of their Democratic colleagues to call on the Trump administration to stop further traumatizing children and end Trump's inhumane policy of separating innocent boys and girls from families who cross the Southwest border seeking asylum in the United States. Citing the American Academy of Pediatrics, the senators stressed the short- and long-term damage … Continue Reading


06.05.18

Durbin Blasts Trump Administration Policy Of Separating Children From Their Families At The Border

WASHINGTON-In a Senate floor speech, U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today blasted the Trump Administration's cruel policy of separating children from their parents who arrive at the Southern border of the United States seeking protection from horrific violence in the Northern Triangle region of Central America. "In March, we learned in my office in Chicago about a seven-year-old girl and her mother, who came from the Democratic Republic of Congo…they were separated for f… Continue Reading


05.23.18

Durbin Again Asks Consent To Pass The Dream Act

Today, U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) asked unanimous consent that the Senate pass the bipartisan Dream Act. Republican leaders and President Trump have rejected multiple bipartisan offers to address the DACA crisis created by the President on September 5th, 2017. Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) objected. "On September 5, 2017, President Trump announced his repeal of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA. As a result of that, hundreds of thousands of immigran… Continue Reading

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