Schumer Wants Immigration Reform to Kick in After 2016 Election

“Let's enact the law this year, but simply not let it actually start 'til 2017 – after President Obama's term is over.”

Sen. Chuck Schumer on Meet the Press

Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) thinks he’s got the perfect compromise for current immigration reform impasse: Delay implementation of reform until after the 2016 election.

Arguing that he’s simply trying to accommodate the Republicans’ distrust of the Obama administration, Schumer is pushing his proposal as a reach across the aisle. On NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Schumer framed his reform compromise as essentially calling the Republicans’ bluff:

Many Republicans have said … they want to do immigration reform, but they don't trust the president to enforce the law, particularly the enforcement parts. So there's a simple solution. Let's enact the law this year, but simply not let it actually start 'til 2017 – after President Obama's term is over.

Though the House GOP released an outline of the “principles” for reform this year, many have pushed back against the current state of the reforms. Thursday, Speaker Boehner (R-OH) signaled that he’s in no rush to push through immigration reform, especially without stronger enforcement language and with an administration who has proven itself to be untrustworthy, stating,

The American people, including many of my members, don't trust that the reform that we're talking about will be implemented as it was intended to be.

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