Schumer says immigration reform could pass under Clinton
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Immigration reform will have a real shot at passage if Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe dangerous erosion of Democratic Party foundations The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Democrats see victory in a voting rights defeat Left laughs off floated changes to 2024 ticket MORE wins the White House, Sen. Charles SchumerChuck SchumerDemocrats calls on Biden administration to ease entry to US for at-risk Afghans Predictions of disaster for Democrats aren't guarantees of midterm failure Voting rights and Senate wrongs MORE said Tuesday. 

In an interview with CNBC's John Harwood, the New York Democrat was asked what the “sequencing” should be for action on issues like infrastructure, immigration and tax reform.

Schumer, who is expected to become Senate Democratic leader in the next Congress, said he didn't want to "get into the details" about the order of legislation. But he added that immigration, infrastructure and tax reform are ripe for bipartisan cooperation.


He noted that comprehensive immigration reform passed the Senate 68-32 in 2013 before it stalled in the House. 

"The two things that come, that pop to mind — because Schumer, Clinton, and [Speaker Paul] Ryan [R-Wis.] have all said they support these — are immigration and some kind of international tax reform tied to a large infrastructure program.

"If you can get overseas money to come back here, even if it's at a lower rate than the 35 it now comes back at, and you can use that money for a major constructive purpose such as infrastructure, if you did an infrastructure bank, for instance, you could get $100 billion in equity in the bank and get a trillion dollars of infrastructure."

Schumer’s talk of action on immigration reform highlights the stakes in the election, which sees Clinton and Republican nominee Donald TrumpDonald TrumpPredictions of disaster for Democrats aren't guarantees of midterm failure A review of President Biden's first year on border policy  Hannity after Jan. 6 texted McEnany 'no more stolen election talk' in five-point plan for Trump MORE taking vastly different approaches to the issue.

Trump has emphasized the need to step up deportations and build a wall on the southern border with Mexico, while Clinton is calling for an immigration overhaul that would provide a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants.

Democrats are hoping Trump’s positions on immigration will backfire and help them run up huge margins among Hispanic voters, particularly in swing states.

Both Trump and Clinton have talked up infrastructure spending during the campaign.

In August, Clinton promoted a $275 billion infrastructure proposal, while Trump has pushed to spend nearly double that amount.

- This story was updated at 1:31 p.m. based on a full transcript.