Schumer: Steve King is ‘Wizard of Oz’ of immigration

Greg Nash

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) continued his spat over immigration reform with Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), comparing him to the “Wizard of Oz.”

“Steve King is much like the Wizard of Oz when it comes to immigration,” Schumer said on the Senate floor Wednesday. “He’s pulling the levers behind the scene to make it seem like he has the power … when actually, King works by fear, and he doesn’t have the power.”

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Schumer has been chiding House Republican leadership for not taking up comprehensive immigration reform legislation, saying they are fearful of Tea Party extremists like King.

“Where are the courageous leaders in the Republican Party who will stand up to Steve King?” Schumer asked. “Let’s pass comprehensive immigration reform.”

It’s been nearly a year since the Senate passed a bipartisan immigration reform bill that would create a pathway to citizenship for immigrants in the United States illegally, increase student and worker visas, and spend more money on border security.

Schumer has repeatedly come to the Senate floor to berate King, who has been criticized for making racist comments about immigrants. King has defended himself on the House floor.

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