Schumer Optimistic About Republican Support for Immigration Reform

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY)
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Democrat Sen. Chuck Schumer said that he is optimistic that Republicans will support immigration reform in 2014.

On ABC’s “This Week” he said, “There are large parts of the Republican Party, even conservative parts of the Republican Party, that want this — business, Evangelical churches, the Catholic Church, high tech, growers. So it’s not like some of the budget issues where all of the Republicans are on one side.”

Rightly so considering that’s where lobbyists want to spend their money. Mark Zuckerberg’s group FWD.us has said that they will spend at least $50 million to help get it passed.

Even if there is enough Republican support, they would be shooting themselves in the foot. Thanks to the democrats painting them into a corner, Republicans are left having to choose to play the game for the Latino vote.

The other side of the fence is that they stand to loose a large portion of support from the Tea Party voters who don’t agree with the plan. In large part, they just want to enforce the current laws and close the loopholes that allow them to collect from the government.

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