Sen. Schumer: ‘I Met With Lou Dobbs’ To Discuss Immigration Reform

By Nicholas Ballasy | January 29, 2010 | 2:55 PM EST

( – Senator Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security and Citizenship, said Congress is moving forward with immigration reform and that he personally had met with Lou Dobbs to discuss the issue, an apparently surprising development given that Dobbs, a former CNN anchor, is known for his outspoken criticism of past congressional attempts at immigration reform.  

Schumer made his remarks at a Capitol Hill press conference on Thursday when a reporter asked about President Barack Obama’s comments concerning immigration in his State of the Union speech.
“Yes, we are making good progress," Schumer said. "The progress that – the work that we’re doing in the fall is continuing now. We're meeting with all different kinds of groups, trying to get everybody together to come out for one bill. In fact, yesterday, I met with Lou Dobbs who, as many of you know, is changing his views on immigration."

Schumer also emphasized the need for a bipartisan immigration reform bill.
“Now I've said all along, even before last Tuesday with the Massachusetts election, that we have to have this bill be a bipartisan bill — two Democrats, two Republicans -- to introduce it,” said Schumer.  “We're not there yet. We're still working on getting our Republicans, but we're talking to people who have a lot of interest and enthusiasm, and our intention is to move forward.”
In his Jan. 27 State of the Union speech, Obama said, “And we should continue the work of fixing our broken immigration system – to secure our borders and enforce our laws, and ensure that everyone who plays by the rules can contribute to our economy and enrich our nation.”
While at CNN, from which he recently resigned, Dobbs consistently spoke out against illegal immigration into the United States and criticized Congress’ past attempts at immigration reform as little more than “amnesty.”
On the Jan. 26 edition of ABC’s “Nightline,” Dobbs said, “I have said from 2003 on that I support a rational, effective and humane immigration policy.” Also, as “Nightline” reported, Dobbs had recently told the Spanish-language network Telemundo, “We need the ability to legalize illegal immigrants on certain conditions.”
Inquires to Sen. Schumer’s office by for further comment, were not returned before this story was posted.