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Durbin not culprit in immigration crisis

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Durbin not culprit in immigration crisis

I suspect Mr. Stack who recently wrote a letter to the editor blaming Senator Dick Durbin for the current crisis at the border has not been following the crisis, or the Senator's efforts for immigration reform very closely.

Durbin worked with Senators from both parties to find a solution as part of the "Gang of Eight" proposal for immigration reform. The Senate passed a comprehensive immigration reform bill backed by business and law enforcement leaders on an overwhelming bipartisan vote. But for more than one year House Republicans have refused to bring up the Senate's bill, which would do more than anything else to stem illegal immigration.

The increase in refugees from Central America crossing the border started well before the "Gang of Eight" proposal and the DACA program. Instead of blaming the legislators who are actually working on solutions, we should be calling on the rest of Congress to start doing its job instead of just standing there and pointing fingers.

Cristina Castro


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