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Democrats lean on House to pass immigration reform

Harry Reid

Harry Reid

Congressional Democrats, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., renewed their calls today for House Republicans to take up immigration reform.

“Republicans are the reason we haven’t been able to do immigration reform,” Reid said at a news conference shortly after he spoke at length on the Senate floor.

Today marked a year since the Senate passed a comprehensive immigration reform bill, which has yet to be taken up by the House.

House Republicans say they’re working on their own immigration reform legislation, but Reid and other Democratic leaders accused Republicans of stalling to avoid angering their more conservative members.

Democratic leaders tried to paint the House’s failure to act as a campaign issue, saying that if it doesn’t vote on immigration reform by this summer, House Republicans will lose support of a growing demographic of immigrants.

“The leaders of the House know they’re coming up to the edge of the demographic cliff, and immigration reform is the only thing that can keep their caucus off of it,” said Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. “Republicans know if the House doesn’t pass immigration reform, they’ll be handing the House, the presidency and the Senate to Democrats in 2016.”

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