February 5, 2018 / 9:26 PM / 4 months ago

Key U.S. Senate Democrat throws weight behind new immigration bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A new proposal in the U.S. Senate to strengthen border security and give some young undocumented immigrants a pathway to citizenship got a boost on Monday when Democratic Senator Dick Durbin, a leading voice for protecting “Dreamers,” gave his support.

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) questions Supreme Court nominee judge Neil Gorsuch during a Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington March 21, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua_roberts

“Senator Durbin is for it,” spokesman Ben Marter told Reuters, adding that the senator believes the bipartisan legislation being introduced “is a positive step” toward pairing Dreamer protections with “reasonable border security measures.”

Reporting by Richard CowanEditing by Jonathan Oatis

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