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Schumer Optimistic About GOP Support For Immigration Reform

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Schumer said that the politics in the House GOP have shifted to make way for comprehensive reform.

"The Republican leadership realizes that if we don't do immigration and get immigration reform done, it hurts them politically," he said. "It made a difference in them not taking back the Senate in 2012. And it made a difference in the Obama election in 2012. And I think it's hit home in a much harder way now."

Schumer said that House Speaker John Boehner's (R-OH) criticism of outside conservative groups' stance opposing the budget deal indicated that he is willing to push for legislation that the majority of Republicans support.

"Speaker Boehner said he is not going to let the minority of his caucus, Tea Party minority, run the show," Schumer said. "They're the people who have been opposed to immigration reform. Many of the mainstream conservatives, just like in the Senate, are for it."