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Senator Dick Durbin: Confused Or Inconsistent?

- January 17, 2018

SENATOR DURBIN CAN'T SEEM TO MAKE UP HIS MIND ON WHERE HE STANDS ON A GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN OR A DACA DEAL

In November 2017, Senator Durbin Threatened A Government Shutdown Over The Legal Status Of "Dreamers"

In November 2017, Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) Said He Would Vote Against Any Spending Bill If Congress Doesn't Resolve The Legal Status Of Dreamers. "A top Senate Democrat said Wednesday that he will vote against any spending bill in the coming weeks if Congress has failed to address the fate of young immigrants - raising the stakes in a looming showdown with the White House and Republicans over a potential government shutdown. Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.), the second-ranking Senate Democrat and a lead negotiator on spending matters, said he is encouraging his colleagues to join him in blocking spending legislation if the legal status of 'dreamers' isn't resolved." (Ed O'Keefe and Sean Sullivan, "Top Democrats Ratchets Up Government Shutdown Fight Over 'Dreamers,'" The Washington Post , 11/29/17)

Senator Durbin Even Encouraged His Colleagues To Join Him In Shutting Down The Government

Durbin Said He Was Encouraging Other Democrats To Pursue A Government Shutdown If The Legal Status Of Dreamers Was Not Resolved. "Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., the second-ranking Senate Democrat and a lead negotiator on spending matters, said he is encouraging his colleagues to join him in blocking spending legislation if the legal status of 'dreamers' isn't resolved.'" (Ed O'Keefe and Sean Sullivan, "Top Democrats Ratchets Up Government Shutdown Fight Over 'Dreamers,'" The Washington Post , 11/29/17)

Now, Senator Durbin Claims He Doesn't Want The Government To Shut Down

When Asked About Government Shutdown, Senator Durbin Claimed "I Don't Want That To Happen. I Didn't Run For The Senate To Shut Down The Government." SEN. DURBIN: "I don't want that to happen. I didn't run for the senate to shutdown the government. It really is up to the President at this point. And the Republican leadership." (WJBC's " Mornings With Scott Laughlin ," 1/16/18)

On January 11, 2018, Senator Durbin Pitched A Proposal That Tied DACA To Border Security And Other Immigration Issues

Senator Durbin Said The DACA Agreement He Proposed "Addressed The Four Areas That Trump Wanted In The Deal." "The Senate group did not release details of their agreement other than to say it addressed the four areas that Trump wanted in the deal: DACA, border security, 'chain migration/family reunification,' and the diversity visa lottery. 'We are now working to build support for that deal in Congress," the senators said in a joint statement.'" (Russell Berman, "A Tentative DACA Deal In The Senate," The Atlantic , 1/11/18)

Senator Durbin Boasted, "We Have Made Major Strides When It Comes To Border Security In This Proposal." SEN. DURBIN: "We have plenty of Democrats but we want to make sure we have Republicans and let them know we have made major strides when it comes to border security in this proposal. It is a good, balanced approach and I want to bring it up for a vote this week." (Eric Stock, "Durbin: DACA Bill Still On Track After Meeting With Trump," WJBC , 1/16/18)

Senator Durbin's Proposed Agreement Would "Effectively Nix The Visa Lottery." "Senators plan to effectively nix the visa lottery and reallocating those visas to a separate program being terminated by the Trump administration aiding immigrants from countries facing natural disasters or civil strife." (Seung Min Kim, "Trump Rebuffs Dreamers Deal Reached By Senators," Politico , 1/11/18)

Senator Durbin's Proposed Agreement Would "Address Chain Migration," Preventing Undocumented Parents Who Illegally Brought A Child To The U.S. From Achieving Citizenship. "To address chain migration, the senators are proposing that undocumented parents who brought a child to the United States illegally would not be able to access a pathway to citizenship based on being sponsored by their children." (Seung Min Kim, "Trump Rebuffs Dreamers Deal Reached By Senators," Politico , 1/11/18)

On January 16, 2018, Senator Durbin Called A DACA Deal That Is Tied To President Trump's Immigration Requests "Fundamentally Unfair"

Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) Said The "Administration's Approach" Of Tying DACA To Comprehensive Immigration Was "Fundamentally Unfair." (Senator Dick Durbin, Twitter Feed , 1/16/18)

Senator Durbin Called President Trump's Border Security Demands "Unrealistic," Even Calling President Trump's DACA-Deal Demands "Outrageous." (Senator Dick Durbin, Twitter Feed , 1/16/18)


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