House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) has been a prominent supporter of granting amnesty to the children of illegal immigrants and awarding more high-tech visas. Yet ten days before his primary against Rep. Dave Brat (R-VA), his positions on those issues are absent from his website.
In February of 2013, Cantor delivered a major “Make Life Work” speech that praised the House for passing the STEM Jobs Act and urged the Senate to do the same. Cantor also suggested pouring more taxpayer dollars into schools where there are children “learning English as a second language.”
On his “Plan for the Middle Class” section on his website, Cantor mentions nearly everything else from that speech, including his support for education for low-income children; “Common Sense Health Care Initiatives” like repealing the medical device taxes; “Innovation and Job Growth;” eliminating “taxpayer financing of presidential campaigns and the Republican and Democratic Party conventions;” and expanding funding for pediatric research, autism, cancers impacting children, and “debilitating diseases and disorders.”
But Cantor apparently does not want voters in his district to know about his support for amnesty.
Cantor has not taken his June 10 primary against Dave Brat for granted after one of his top allies was ousted from a key GOP chairmanship in his district. Last week, Cantor sent out a deceptive anti-amnesty mailer even though he has supported giving amnesty for children of illegal immigrants and DREAMers who enlist in the military. Cantor has been a supporter for an increase in high-tech visas, even though scholars and numerous reports have debunked the notion that there is a shortage of American high-tech workers.
In his 2013 speech, Cantor noted that “median income in 2010 was about the same as it was in 1997” while praising the Senate for working on comprehensive immigration reform that the Congressional Budget Office would determine would lower the wages of American workers. Cantor also declared that a “workable guest worker program” was an “immediate priority,” even though that would also contribute to lowering the wages of American workers.
He also pushed for citizenship for DREAMers in that speech.
“One of the great founding principles of our country was that children would not be punished for the mistakes of their parents,” he said, echoing what would later be in the House GOP leadership’s “immigration principles.” “It is time to provide an opportunity for legal residence and citizenship for those who were brought to this country as children and who know no other home.”
As Breitbart News reported, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) National Council President Kenneth Palinkas immediately raised concerns that if one of the “founding principles of our country” is “that children would not be punished for the mistakes of their parents,” then Congress would essentially have to grant perpetual amnesty to the children of illegal immigrants. As a result, even more illegal immigrants would try to enter the country hoping they would eventually be granted amnesty.