Kirk: Hundreds of minors from Mexican border in Chicago

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Detention centers on the U.S.-Mexico border are so overwhelmed by the recent surge of unaccompanied children illegally crossing over to America, officials have run out of places to put them.

Sen. Mark Kirk said today that 429 unaccompanied minors are here in Chicago. He says wants background checks done on them.

Minors from countries like Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador are crossing the US border from Mexico in record numbers. 57,000 have been reported so far this year.

There is so much overcrowding that now hundreds of them are in Chicago, most to be reunited with family members across the country.

Until then the children are in the custody of the U.S. Health and Human Services Deptartment. Kirk wants background checks performed on all the children to find out if any of them has a criminal record.

"If any of these individuals has a criminal record in their home country, our government owes it to the American people to facilitate a sharing of records and reassure our nation that these individuals pose no threat," Kirk said in a statement.

Kirk has sent letters to the embassies of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador asking for this background information. The children are being housed in secret locations so as not to incite an already delicate situation.


  • Fed UP - No AMNESTY!

    Anyone else find it funny how ICE can track down illegal families to reunite them with kids but can’t track them down to pay a medical bill or show up for their immigration hearings? This state is bankrupt morally and fiscally- a background check? How about reunite the entire family back where they came from – period!

  • dan

    kirk you would do better to do background checks on corrupt lobbyists and the corrupt members of govern
    ment under their control

    • Carrie

      Time to DO SOMETHING. How about not vote for Kirk next time.? Perhaps if these idiot politicians realized that they serve the voters at the voters’ pleasure, maybe they will start listening to us! But, knowing how short the attention span is of the typical voter, this will be forgotten by the time voting rolls around again. Really sad.

  • Carrie

    Since when did our government become responsible for “reuniting” illegal dependents with their equally illegal parents/guardians? I just don’t get it. Being a Chicago resident, I am so outraged that our tax money (at ANY level) is being used in this manner. I love how they are being housed in a “secret location”. They are doing that so that the citizens of this city don’t have an opportunity to publicly share their opinions about this matter. Everyone knows what would happen if their location was found out. Why should be have to sit quietly by while this happens? I’m getting really tired of all of this. Our country is becoming a bunch of weaklings and the world undoubtedly is laughing at us right now. When are we going a “grow a pair” and stand up for ourselves? I’m all for helping people, but this goes way too far. I say make an example out of them. Load them up in a vehicle of some sort and get them the hell out of this country…PRONTO!!!!

  • George

    How did this happened? When did Sen. Kirk; start over righting the Constitution? Our taxpayer ‘s money is going to this invasion of our country! This is outrageous!!

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