Senator Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) on Sunday proposed a compromise on immigration reform aimed at winning over House Republicans who say they simply do not trust President Obama to enforce new immigration laws.
“There’s a simple solution,” he said on Meet the Press. “Let’s enact the law this year, but simply not let it actually start until 2017, after President Obama’s term is over.”
Schumer said it was “false” to think Congress could achieve a result on immigration reform in 2015 or 2016. The time to act is now, he said.
“It’s simple. Let’s say to our Republican colleagues: ‘You don’t trust Obama, enact the law now, but put it into effect in 2017, and we can get something real done for America,’” Schumer said.