The candidate who once flew over an empty Soldier Field to illustrate how many illegal immigrants come here every week is pointing the finger over the young Central American refugees. “I really fault our President for creating this situation and actually encouraging that to happen,” says State Sen. Jim Oberweis (R-Sugar Grove), who is challenging incumbent U. S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.).
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“We need to send a message that we have laws. Follow our laws. We're a very caring nation. We realize that immigrants have been a major part of our history. They'll continue to be, going forward in the future.” For his part, 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.
As for the Middle East, both men agree the solution is difficult to find. “They are not likely to sit down at the table. It’s just not in their nature,” Durbin said of Hamas. “They do not want Israel to exist, and they don’t care much about civilian casualties.” Oberweis says the outcome for Israel would best be as a two-state nation, but he'd also like help from European nations.