Republicans over the past few weeks have increasingly expressed hesitation about passing immigration reform this year because they do no trust President Obama to enforce the law well, particularly when it comes to border security. And GOP leaders this week signaled that they were putting immigration reform on hold.
Schumer said that distrust in President Obama is likely the only issue holding the GOP back.
"It's been a tough week for immigration," he said. "But all three, many of the Republicans have said the following -- Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, Paul Ryan, even Jim DeMint -- they have said that 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."
Schumer said that Congress needs to pass immigration reform in 2014, because 2015 or 2016 will be too close to the presidential primaries for Republicans to support a bill.
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