The Craig Fahle Show

What Cantor's Loss Means For Immigration Legislation

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

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U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Virginia) lost his primary election to Tea Party-endorsed candidate David Brat. Brat campaigned, in part, on a message against immigration reform, that Cantor was too soft on immigrants and could allow for potential so-called "amnesty" for people living here illegally.

Detroit News Washington Bureau reporter David Shepardson says the amnesty message worked on some voters.

"That argument has resonated with... a lot of blue collar voters," says Shepardson.

"Immigration reform is not popular in a lot of districts in the country. It's hard to see any comprehensive bill done this year."

Though immigration reform made little headway in Congress over the past few years, advocates and DREAMers are disappointed with the outcome of Cantor's primary, and now hope President Barack Obama will bring legal status to undocumented citizens through executive action.

Shepardson says though Cantor was marked as an establishment Republican by Tea Party supporters, he was a relatively conservative member of Congress. Shepardson says it's clear the more moderate Republican voters were not as motivated this time around.

-- Laura Weber-Davis