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Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017 12:16 am

Editor’s note 9/7/17

Once again Springfield’s U. S. senator, Richard Durbin, is in the national spotlight for being ahead of his time. Before there was DACA – Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals – there was Durbin’s Dream, legislation he introduced 16 years ago to try to protect children brought to the United States by parents who entered illegally. The legislation, which failed in Congress three times over the years, was inspired by Tereza Lee, a Chicago teenager at the time, who feared deportation and asked Durbin for help. Now Durbin is the Democrats’ point person in the battle to stop mass deportations of hundreds of thousands of young people. Let’s hope this time Durbin’s dream comes true. –Fletcher Farrar, editor and CEO

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