Sen. Chuck Schumer says he’s restarting immigration reform talks with Sen. Graham

November 11, 2012

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Sunday that he will be making a renewed push for reforms to the nation's immigration laws along with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.).

“Sen. Graham and I have talked and we are resuming the talks that were broken off two years ago,” Schumer said on NBC’s “Meet The Press.”

President Obama won Hispanic voters by 44 points over Mitt Romney, according to exit polls, a margin that was wider than the Democrat's 36-point advantage over Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) among Latinos in the 2008 election. 

"The Republican Party has learned that being anti-immigrant doesn’t work for them,” Schumer said.

"I intend to tear this wall down and pass an immigration reform bill that’s an American solution to an American problem, but we have nobody to blame but ourselves when it comes to losing Hispanics and we can get them back with some effort on our part," Graham said Sunday on CBS's "Face The Nation." 

Graham continued: "It means securing our borders which every American agrees with, it means making sure that you stop, make it harder to high illegal immigrants, verifying employment, we need to secure the borders, make sure you can’t hire an illegal immigrant because you’ll have documents that can’t be faked, we need guest workers to make it a win-win for American employers when they can’t find workers here, and when it comes to the 12 million, we need to be firm and fair, self-deportation’s not going to work, 65% of the people in the exit poll of this election supported a pathway to citizenship."

Sean Sullivan covers national politics for “The Fix.”
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