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Durbin: Immigration Deal is Tough but Fair

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Illinois’s senior U-S senator calls yesterday’s immigration reform compromise a tough but fair solution. But he says he still hopes to make some changes. Chicago Public Radio’s Gabriel Spitzer reports.

Senator Dick Durbin hailed the breakthrough compromise – which includes support from the White House and some conservative senators.

But he concedes that parts are extremely contentious.

The compromise would let immigrants to bring over spouses and minor children – but not grandparents, siblings or adult children.

Durbin called those proposed rules highly restrictive.

DURBIN: We’ve got to find a way to compromise this issue. To make sure that we don’t open this up to every possible relative coming in to the United States – we just can’t absorb ‘em. But to make sure that those who are really part of the family have a chance to come here. It’s gonna be a tough one to resolve. We haven’t been able to resolve it yet.

The proposal appears to face some difficulty in the House.

Illinois Representative Rahm Emmanuel told the New York Times he thinks it would need 60 or 70 Republican votes to pass.

Durbin says a strong bipartisan majority in the Senate might persuade his House colleagues to go along.

I’m Gabriel Spitzer, Chicago Public Radio.

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