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Chuck Schumer predicts immigration reform will pass in 2014

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Immigration reform is dead? New York Sen. Chuck Schumer doesn't think so.

Schumer, a leading Democratic voice on immigration, struck an optimistic tone on ABC's "This Week" Sunday "It's likely we will get immigration reform this year," he said.

"There are large parts of the Republican Party, even conservative parts of the Republican Party, that want this," Schumer argued, listing "business, evangelical churches, Catholic Church, high tech, growers."

The reason those groups might have more success in 2014 than they did in 2013, Schumer said, is the effect of the budget deal reached in October.

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, showed that he could stand up to his Tea Party lawmakers with that deal, paving the way for the House to pick up Senate-passed immigration legislation, Schumer suggested.

"Speaker Boehner said he is not going to let the minority of his caucus, Tea Party minority, run the show," Schumer said.

Schumer was the leader of the bipartisan group that pushed the comprehensive reform bill in the Senate, a measure House Republicans have refused to take up.

Instead of approving a sweeping bill like the Senate, Boehner indicated that he would continue to push a piecemeal approach in the House that deals individually with specific immigration issues, like border security or a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants.

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Joseph Lawler

Economics Writer
The Washington Examiner