Politic365

 
 


Policy

5:50pm June 6, 2014

Rep. Eric Cantor campaigns on anti-immigrant messaging

6236360208_13f55a6864_b

It’s been a little over a week sincethe Obama administration announced that it would delay a review of deportation policies to give the House of Representatives “space” to advance an immigration reform bill, and the House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), who is facing a Tea Party challenger, is campaigning on stopping immigration reform. This is after Speaker Boehner has expressed that he wants to do something on immigration reform for the past few months.

According to Politico:

Another mailer touts a story that called him the “No. 1 guy standing between the American people and immigration reform,” and bragging that immigration activists are “increasingly focusing their ire at one person: Eric Cantor, the House majority leader.”

Cantor is just eight days away from his primary, and he is campaigning aggressively against Brat, airing negative television advertisements and sending out a load of mail pieces throughout his district. Cantor’s aides say they always campaign aggressively, no matter the opponent or how serious the contest.

Cantor’s district includes some of the tony Richmond suburbs and more rural areas around Virginia’s capital city. Brat is not expected to beat Cantor, but his campaign gives a peek into the political challenges the majority leader faces. These challenges will help dictate the political climate in Washington, as Cantor continues his ascent toward speaker.

For example, if Cantor is bragging about obstructing immigration reform, it’s a clear window into how difficult it would be to pass an overhaul anytime in the near future.”

If this type of anti-immigrant campaign message is what Republicans are banking on carrying them to victory in primaries and in the fall, it will become harder to pivot towards immigration reform once the new legislative session begins. This kind of messaging is precisely why many immigration activists are not convinced that a legislative solution is viable in the near future.

 

Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore via Flickr



About the Author

Adriana Maestas
Adriana Maestas is the senior contributing editor of Politic365.com.




 
 

 
cornyn56

Republican Senator Drops “Civil Rights and Human Rights” from Committee Name

Just Another Moment in GOP Growth and Opportunity. Just in case anyone is wondering how the new Republican controlled Senate will deal with civil rights issues, wonder no more.  There’s a new Republican Chairman of the ...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
1

 
 
ferg87

Only African American on St. Louis Board of Elections Removed

“When you have a county that has at least 45 percent minority population you would hope that would be reflected on the St. Louis County Board of Elections. As of right now every single member of the St. Louis County Board...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
2

 
 
AC-Ferg-1

Positive Vibes From Ferguson Activists After Dinner With Black Caucus

Youth Movement.  ”Where do I start?  How about undefinable frustration? It seems we can’t even catch our breath from our first tragedy before being hit by another gut-punch from a second, third, and fourth.  The nam...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
3

 

Advertisement
 
ferg8

Eight Ferguson Related Bills in Congress

FERGUSON LEGISLATIVE UPDATE.  Think that Ferguson related legislation can’t pass the Republican controlled House and Senate? Think again. What is the one issue that congressional Republicans and Democrats have found rar...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
6

 
 
5665183743_3604a2686f_b

Childhood poverty: majority of U.S. public school students eligible for free or reduced lunch

Rising income inequality in the U.S. has produced a startling statistic: 51% of U.S. public school children in pre-K through 12th grade were eligible under the federal program for free and reduced-price lunches in the 2012-201...
by Adriana Maestas
0

 




One Comment



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>