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Chuck Schumer blames Tea Party racism for failure to pass amnesty

Chuck Schumer falsely claims Tea Party racism stopped amnesty.
Chuck Schumer falsely claims Tea Party racism stopped amnesty.
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Speaking at the progressive Center for American Progress Thursday, Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., blamed Tea Party racism for failure to pass comprehensive immigration reform, commonly seen as amnesty by conservatives, reported.

According to Schumer, amnesty would have passed long ago were it not for the Tea Party.

"In a pre-tea party world, the Senate immigration bill would have been welcomed by House Republicans," he said. "However, the tea party rank and file know it's a different America. It looks different; it prays different; it works different. This is unsettling and angering to some."

According to Schumer, racism explains “why so many on the right vehemently opposed the Senate immigration bill, a bill that actually embodies many conservative, non-governmental principals: reducing our deficit by billions, growing our economy, creating jobs and spurring new entrepreneurial activity.”

Conservatives, however, disagree, and have warned that passage of the so-called "Gang of Eight" immigration bill would destroy the country and ensure a Democratic Party majority for years.

House Republicans have not pushed the bill, saying it does little to secure the border while basically granting amnesty to the millions living illegally within the United States.

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, has indicated he is preparing to push amnesty in the House and GOP leaders are leading the way.

"House Budget Committee chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) emerged Thursday to discuss how House GOP leadership plans to bring immigration legislation to the floor, while on House Majority Whip Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA)--the third highest House GOP leadership official--endorsed 'legal status' for illegal aliens on Wednesday," reported.

House conservatives, however, are not sitting still, and are working on their own rival immigration principles to counter amnesty.

In his speech Thursday, Schumer went on to give his proposed "fix" for the solution.

As we reported earlier Friday, the New York Democrat said President Obama should bypass Congress and use the IRS to squash the Tea Party. He also suggested changing elections in a way that would prevent Tea Party candidates from running.

“It is clear that we will not pass anything legislatively as long as the House of Representatives is in Republican control, but there are many things that can be done administratively by the IRS and other government agencies—we must redouble those efforts immediately,” he said.



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