Schumer: Steve King Helps Immigration Reform ‘The More He Speaks’

AP

According to Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), the prospects for immigration reform get brighter every time one of the most ardent border hawks in the GOP opens his mouth.

Schumer, who helped shepherd the immigration reform bill through the Senate, told The Huffington Post in an interview published Monday that Rep. Steve King (R-IA), who came under fire for recent comments about young undocumented workers, could be the best friend reform advocates have.

“Yes, I think Steve King, the more he speaks, the more he helps us get a bill passed,” Schumer said. “So I am more optimistic today than I have been since our bill passed.”

King said last month that, for every young undocumented immigrant who becomes a valedictorian, there are 100 more who are drug mules. Despite pushback from members of his own party, King has stood by the incendiary remarks.

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