Obama: I 'Fundamentally Reject' Cantor Loss Means Immigration Reform Is Over
President Obama sent a clear message that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s primary election loss was a sign that the push for immigration reform was over.
Obama brought up the election during a fundraiser in Weston, Massachusetts, criticizing the reaction from pundits.
“It’s interesting to listen to the pundits and the analysts, and some of the conventional wisdom talks about, oh, the politics of immigration reform seem impossible now,” he said. “I fundamentally reject that.”
Obama vowed to tell Speaker Boehner to reject the notion as well, pointing out that DREAMers - children of illegal immigrants - deserved acceptance from Americans.
“Why wouldn’t we want to give them that certainty that you are part of the fabric of this nation, we’re counting on you, and we’re going to make sure you succeed? Why wouldn’t we want to do that?” he asked.
“They’re children of immigrants. You wouldn’t know it looking at them, because they are as American as apple pie,” he added. “[I]f you met those kids today, you’d know that politics can’t play a part in it,” he said.
Obama told his donors that it was more important than ever for Democrats to vote in the midterm elections, and vowed to fight the “extreme faction” of Republicans who opposed amnesty.
“I’m going to do everything I can to make sure that the House of Representatives does the right thing, that we no longer have one extreme faction that is blocking what the majority of the American people want to see happen with comprehensive immigration reform,” he said.