Local April 16, 2013 | 2:50 pm

Senator Espaillat condemns lawmaker’s immigration remarks

New York.- Congressman Steven King is cynically exploiting a national tragedy to sabotage the best chance at immigration reform we’ve seen in decades, and keep millions of patriotic immigrants from achieving citizenship”

He should apologize immediately to the hard-working, tax-paying immigrants that have come to our country to ensure a better life for their families.

Keeping the more than 11 million immigrants in the U.S. living in the shadows under our current broken system is not effective policy.

Tragedies like the attack that occurred in Boston should bring us together, and remind us of how much we have in common regardless of our beliefs. But Congressman King has shamefully used this moment to demagogue the immigrant and Latino community at a time when we are on the cusp of achieving a major civil rights victory and reuniting families that have been split apart by our archaic immigration laws.

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