King has been criticized since he made comments over the weekend, where he criticized supporters of immigration reform for depicting immigrants as law-abiding achievers, arguing that many criminals would also benefit from a pathway to citizenship.
Durbin, who lead the Senate effort to reform the immigration system, applauded Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerMarch is the biggest month for GOP in a decade House markup of ObamaCare repeal bill up in the air Conservatives to Congress: Get moving MORE (R-Ohio) for calling King's remarks “deeply offensive and wrong.”
Durbin recommended that King meet with the people he was talking about — young immigrants brought to the U.S. as children illegally by their parents — instead of insult them.
King, a longtime critic of immigration reform, has not backed down from his statements. On Thursday, he defended his views in a 20-minute speech on the House floor.