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Durbin Breaks With Bernie On Illegal Immigration

Mike Reed - February 12, 2018

Sen. Durbin just took to the Senate floor to make a couple of strange claims.

One, he said Americans do not believe illegal immigrants take jobs away from U.S. workers, arguing about illegals, “So many jobs that they fill are jobs that Americans aren't jumping to fill.”

Durbin doesn’t need to venture far outside the Capitol building to find out he’s wrong about this point.  He could just ask his colleague, Senator Bernie Sanders.

In 2007, Bernie said the Senate should be crafting immigration policy that works for American workers instead of “importing more and more workers for overseas,” and said “the bottom-line is that companies that are laying-off thousands of Americans shouldn't be allowed to import workers from overseas.”

Sen. Durbin Cherry Picks Polling Data On Immigration, Says Illegals Don’t Take Jobs Americans Want

Lastly, Senator Durbin is way off on his claims that the polling data in the immigration debate is on his side.

Here is the reality:

More than 70% of voters agreed with the framework President Trump laid out on immigration reform at the State of the Union.

Nearly 80% think immigration priority should be based off of ability and skills as opposed to having family ties in the United States.

68% of voters oppose the diversity visa lottery program.

65% of Americans support a DACA deal that ends chain migration, eliminates the random visa lottery, and secures the border with a wall.

61% think current border security is inadequate, and more than half of Americans support a physical barrier along the southern U.S. border.


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