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Thursday May 12, 2011

Sen. Schumer: There is a Chance for Immigration Reform

Sen. Schumer: There is a Chance for Immigration Reform

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Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Wednesday that there is a chance reform could happen.

“I think there’s a chance. I don’t put it at a majority chance, but there’s a chance. We’re still talking — I’m talking to both business and labor about this bill,” Schumer said in an interview with Bloomberg News. “I’m talking to my Republican colleagues, and I think the Republican Party realizes that the position of doing nothing on immigration doesn’t help them. Furthermore, there’s becoming an economic imperative.”

“More and more people are realizing that our broken immigration system is an economic drag on the country, and I think there’s a chance we could get a bill,” Schumer said. 

On Wednesday, Democratic senators reintroduced the DREAM Act, which offers undocumented immigrants who came to the US before the age of 16 a potential path to citizenship.

If the bill could make it through the Senate, many believe it is unlikely it would make it through the newly Republican controlled House.