Some of the kids fleeing from Central America to the U.S. are being housed in Illinois. U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) visited one of their shelters in Chicago, and says if those calling for mass deportations visited a shelter, they might change their minds. “You would want to adopt these children if you spent five minutes in a room with them,” Durbin said. “They are lovely, beautiful little kids, and I think our nation is going to do everything it can to make sure they have a better life.”
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Durbin says about 400 unaccompanied minors from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala are being housed in Illinois. The $3.7 billion in funding requested by President Obama would help those kids be matched with family members more quickly, according to Durbin, rather than have them placed in foster care or deported.
Durbin estimated about 85 percent of 50,000 unaccompanied minors would be able would end up in the care of relatives. The facility Durbin visited is one of nine of its kind located in Illinois, though Durbin declined to give more specifics on its location out of concern for the children’s safety.