Meet the Press   |  February 09, 2014

Schumer Suggests Compromise on Immigration

Speaking on Meet the Press, Senator Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., suggests a potential deal over immigration reform where the law would be enacted now, but not go into effect until 2017.

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>> senator schumer, immigration, a big focus for you and here you have the house speaker after saying this was the year to do it saying he doesn't see it happening. is this had gamesmanship on his part or is this really over?

>> well, you no he, it's been a tough week for immigration. but all three, many of the republicans have said the following speaker boehner, mitch mcconnell , paul ryan , even jim demint have said 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. let's enact the law this year. but simply not let it actually start till 2017 after president obama 's term is over. now, i think the rap against him that he won't enforce the law false. he's deported more people than any other president. but you col actually have the law start in 2017 without doing much violence to it. you'd simply move the day back from december 31st to 2011 to december 31st , 2013 as to when people, the deadline for people who could get either legalization or citizenship so we could go after the new people who come in later. and it would solve the problem. make no mistake about it, david. this view that we can get this done in 2015 , '16 is false. you'll have the republican presidential primaries, to pull people over to the right. tea party maximizes. so 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