Dems hit GOP on immigration in top critic’s home

AMES, Iowa (AP) — The Senate’s second-ranking Democrat says House Republicans should support legal status for young people who were brought into the country illegally as minors.

Sen. Richard Durbin of Illinois made a strategic visit to Iowa Friday to highlight House GOP resistance to a Senate-passed immigration bill. The Senate measure would heighten border security and provide a pathway to citizenship for millions of immigrants living here illegally.

Durbin joined Iowa Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin at a forum in a college town represented in Congress by Republican Rep. Steve King.

King fiercely opposes a path to citizenship for immigrants now here illegally. Republican leaders denounced King’s most incendiary remarks. But some Democrats paint him as a symbol of GOP resistance.

Harkin said Iowans are compassionate and don’t use hateful language to characterize people.

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