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66 kids separated from parents at border are in Chicago

66 kids separated from parents at border are in Chicago

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Dick Durbin

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill.

CHICAGO — U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin says that 66 of the more than 2,300 migrant children separated from their families at the border in recent weeks under President Donald Trump's "zero tolerance" policy are in Chicago area shelters.

At a Friday news conference, the Illinois Democrat also says two-thirds of those children are below the age of 13. It is unclear exactly how many of these children being housed around the country and Durbin's news conference marks the first time a public official has specified how many of them are in the Chicago area. They remain separated from their parents after Trump this week signed an order to stop separating families who cross the border illegally.

The children are being cared at shelters run by Heartland Alliance, a non-profit human rights organization.

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