Schumer: House GOP ‘out of excuses’ on immigration reform

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Wednesday that President Obama has proven that he’s willing to work with House Republicans on immigration reform and that the “ball is in their court.”

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Schumer’s comments came after Obama announced that he would delay reviewing deportation policies in order to give House Republicans more time and space to pass comprehensive immigration reform.

“Once again the president has shown a willingness to work with Republicans to get immigration reform done,” Schumer said. “The House Republicans are now out of excuses not to pass immigration reform and the ball is in their court.”

Last year, the Senate passed bipartisan immigration reform that was drafted by Schumer and other members of the “Gang of Eight.” The bill would provide a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants within the United States, increase student and worker visas and spend more money on border security.

“Supporters of reform have bent over backwards to give the House space to act, and now it’s time for them to do so,” Schumer said.

But Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) still accused Obama of “playing politics” with immigration laws. 

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