Schumer Blames Rep. Steve King for Blocking Immigration Reform

May 14, 2014 - 11:42 AM

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Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) (AP File Photo)

(CNSNews.com) - Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Wednesday named Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) as the main Republican impediment to "immigration reform" in the House of Representatives.

It's the second time in two weeks that Schumer has demonized King for opposing amnesty for 11 million people who came to this country illegally.

"It is time for the House Republican leadership to decide whether they stand with the majority of the American people and the supposed majority of their conference, or if they're really going to let Steve King continue to dictate the policy of the Republican Party on immigration. Just to be clear, right now Steve King is winning," Schumer said.

Schumer also set an August deadline for House Republicans to pass an immigration bill; and he said if nothing is done by then, President Obama "would be more than justified" in making "whatever changes he feels necessary" to fix the system for people who are "unfairly burdened."

In a speech on the Senate floor, Schumer said it's been 320 days since the Senate passed an immigration reform bill, but House Republicans have done nothing except hand the gavel to "far-right extremists like Steve King."

Schumer said Republicans must act between early June and the August recess: "If immigration reform is not passed during this window, Republicans will have to admit that Steve King controls the Republican Party platform on immigration. If nothing happens during this window, it is clear that this has occurred because Steve King calls the shots and he has won the immigration debate among the House Republicans."

And if Republicans don't act before the midterm election, "the president would be more than justified in acting any time after recess begins to take whatever changes he feels necessary to make our immigration system work better for those unfairly burdened by our broken laws. If House Republicans refuse to act, it is incumbent on all of us to look at all the areas where we can act administratively...."

Rep. King says he is fighting to preserve the rule of law. "Why would we reward people for breaking our laws?" he asked in April. "Rewarding law breakers produces more law breakers."

King said Schumer knows that passing an amnesty bill "would destroy Republican unity and our opportunity to gain the majority in the Senate this Fall."