Schumer: Let immigration law take effect in 2017
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Chuck Schumer says he has an easy fix to the GOP’s latest doubts about overhauling the nation’s immigration laws.
Pass legislation this year, but don’t let the law go into effect until after President Barack Obama’s second term ends.
The New York Democrat offered his idea Sunday on NBC’s Meet the Press in response to House Speaker John Boehner. The Ohio Republican recently cast doubts on the prospects for an immigration overhaul this year, saying President Barack Obama can’t be trusted to implement the law.
Schumer said he believes that Boehner’s rap against Obama is false. He said Obama has deported more immigrants living illegally in the U.S. than any other president, but it would be easy enough to pass the law this year to start in 2017.