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Schumer: Tea Party Opposes Immigration Reform Because America Is Becoming Less White

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"Yes, things have changed. White Anglo-Saxon men are not exclusively running the country anymore," said the New York Democrat. "President Obama lost the white male vote 35 to 62 percent yet he recaptured the presidency -- by 5 million votes and a resounding electoral college margin."

"It also explains why so many on the right vehemently opposed the Senate immigration bill, a bill that actually embodies many conservative, non-governmental principals: reducing our deficit by billions, growing our economy, creating jobs and spurring new entrepreneurial activity," he said. "In a pre-tea party world, the Senate immigration bill would have been welcomed by House Republicans. However, the tea party rank and file know it's a different America. It looks different; it prays different; it works different. This is unsettling and angering to some."

Schumer, the No. 3 Democratic senator, is a leading author of the Senate-passed immigration overhaul, which has stalled in the Republican-led House.