Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) told NPR on Friday that immigration reform must pass in 2014 or it’ll be gummed up by the specter of Republican primaries ahead of the 2016 presidential election.
“The problem with next year is, the Republican primaries heat up, the Republican primaries move the whole party way to the right,” he said. “I think the likelihood of getting it done in 2015 is much less than in 2014.”
Schumer, the No. 3 Democratic senator, is a leading author of the immigration overhaul that passed the Senate in 2013.