In 2009, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) told a conference at Georgetown University law school that “illegal immigration is wrong” and that the goal of immigration reform “must be to dramatically curtail future illegal immigration.” The Republican National Committee issued on YouTube a clip of Schumer’s speech on Monday in the midst of the current debate over the recipients of Obama-era Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals policy that gave work permits and delayed deportation of more than 800,000 illegal immigrants who entered the country as minors. Schumer has repeatedly resisted efforts by President Donald Trump get Congress to find a solution to DACA.

On Sunday, the White House released its proposal for immigration reform and border security that would fund Trump’s promised border wall but also provide a pathway to citizenship for as many as 1.5 million illegal aliens. Despite pressure from immigration advocates on the left, Democrats led by Schumer -- the current leader of the minority in the Senate -- have turned down the president’s overtures.

But speaking in 2009 at the Immigration Law & Policy Conference at Georgetown Law, Schumer repeatedly said that immigration reform should focus on encouraging legal immigration and diminishing illegal immigration. He said, “The American people are fundamentally pro-legal immigration and anti-illegal immigration.”

Schumer explained, “We will only pass comprehensive reform when we recognize this fundamental concept.” “The following seven principles are all based on this concept and comprise what I believe to be the framework for a bill that can receive overwhelming and bipartisan congressional support,” Schumer said.

“First, illegal immigration is wrong,” Schumer declared, “and a primary goal of comprehensive immigration reform must be to dramatically curtail future illegal immigration.” "When we use phrases like 'undocumented workers,' we convey a message to the American people that their government is not serious about combating illegal immigration," Schumer said in 2009.

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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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