In a late Tuesday press release, Brat slammed Cantor, saying he “represents large corporations, who want to replace Virginia workers with low-wage foreign labor.”
“Cantor’s big money donors are now helping him pretend that he’s against amnesty — even though he’s been the No. 1 force in the House cheerleading amnesty and demanding citizenship for illegals,” read Brat’s statement.
That’s a lie, said Allen. Brat knows that Cantor blocked Obama’s amnesty, Allen continued.
Brat also knows that Cantor has blocked other immigration proposals, such as a bill to enlist illegals immigrants while Americans soldiers are forcibly retired, or a bill that would allow illegal immigrants to win amnesty and citizenship for any young children they bring into the country, he said.
Those proposals are “something that reasonable people should be able to discus and reach consensus on without leaping from there to a blanket amnesty,” Allen said.
For more than a year, Cantor and Speaker of the House John Boehner have zigzagged on immigration.
They’ve repeatedly praised proposals for changing immigration rules, earning plaudits from progressives and reporters. Their praise has also won them donations from business groups and Wall Street investors, whose revenues are boosted by the addition of new consumers and job-seekers.
In numerous statements over the last year, Cantor has backed portions of the Senate immigration plan. For example, he has repeatedly said that children bought illegally into the country by their parents should be given citizenship. Critics say that would invite further child smuggling, and bolster their case by citing reports about the massive rise in the number of Latino children trying to cross the borders since 2012. “We should not be holding kids liable for the acts of their parents,” Cantor told a columnist for the Richmond Times-Dispatch in December.
In November 2012, Cantor called for a reform that would allow companies to hire foreign professionals in place of American professionals. “Unfortunately, current immigration policies are preventing American businesses from hiring foreign students who earn advanced degrees… from our best universities,” he said in a video on his website. Critics counter that if the guest-worker bill is enacted, it would drive down the salaries of U.S. graduates, just as the salaries of blue-collar workers have been held down by automation, outsourcing and large-scale immigration since the early 2000s.