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Schumer: House going in ‘right direction’ on immigration reform

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), one of the lead players in the push to reform the nation’s immigration system, expressed optimism on Wednesday that the House can pass a deal.  

“I actually am optimistic that we will get this done,” Schumer said about a bill taking shape in the House during an interview on CNN. “I’ve had a lot of discussions with various members of both parties in the House. Things are moving in the right direction.”

The Senate passed a comprehensive measure with bipartisan support in June.

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But immigration reform advocates are worried their efforts can stall in the House, where Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has said he will not take up the Senate bill or any measure that lacks the support of a majority of the GOP conference. 

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) has also said he would use a piecemeal approach as opposed to a comprehensive bill overhauling immigration laws.

Schumer added that he is on board with the piecemeal approach as long as the final product includes “some path to citizenship” for the 11 million immigrants living in the U.S. illegally.

“We would much prefer the comprehensive bill, but any way the House can get there is all right by us,” Schumer said.