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October 4, 2015

Schumer Compares Steve King to ‘Wizard of Oz’ on Immigration (Video)

Nearly two weeks after Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, challenged Sen. Charles E. Schumer and other Senate Democrats to a “duel,” the New York Democrat returned the favor on the Senate floor, calling King the “wizard of Oz” on immigration.

“Steve King is much like the Wizard of Oz when it comes to immigration,” Schumer said during a 10-minute floor speech Wednesday. “He is pulling the levers behind the screen to make it seem he has the power. [The] Republican Party will learn sooner or later, like Dorothy did in the ‘Wizard of Oz,’ that actually King works by fear and he doesn’t have the power, that the wizard’s power is overstated. He can’t really do very much. And the only way to get back home and do something real is in ourselves.”

King, who was criticized for remarks he made last year about immigrants brought to the United States illegally by their parents, has been a vocal House critic of immigration legislation that passed the Senate last June.

President Barack Obama last month said he would wait until the end of the summer to reduce deportations, to give House Republicans more time to act on immigration.

“We have less than eight weeks to go to get something passed — there is still no serious proposal from Republicans,” Schumer said on the floor in support of Obama’s announcement. “If the House fails to act during this window, the President would be more than justified in acting anytime after summer is over.”

However, in an interview this week with CQ Roll Call, Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, a Republican proponent of legislation to rewrite the nation’s immigration laws, said the White House threatening to take unilateral action added “fuel to the fire.”

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  1. wigglwagon

    June 5, 2014
    1:34 a.m.

    Anyone who cannot show proof of legal residence should have to await their day in immigration court by returning to their own country where they are legal residents. Illegal workers definitely should not be allowed to continue their crimes by continuing to work the illegally obtained jobs. Thieves are not allowed to hang on to their loot while awaiting their day in court, illegal workers should be treated exactly the same. Do alleged drug dealers get to hold on to their cocaine or heroin until their day in court?

    That is the reform we need.

  2. admin

    June 5, 2014
    4:35 p.m.


  3. Tom Smith

    June 5, 2014
    6:57 p.m.

    If you disagree with Schumer on immigration,
    then you’re “anti-Semitic”.

  4. Tom Smith

    June 5, 2014
    6:58 p.m.

    “If the House fails to act during this window, the President would be more than justified in acting anytime after summer is over.”

    Actually, there would be no justification.
    Congress makes Immigration Law.
    The President enforces it.

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    June 6, 2014
    12:41 a.m.

    Chuck Schumer is Grand Wizard of the Democratic Senate caucus.

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