Cantor “represents large corporations seeking a never-ending supply of cheap foreign labor,” Brat said in a June 8 op-ed for the Richmond Times-Despatch.
Cantor “doesn’t care about how this will affect your livelihood, your schools, your tax bills or your kids’ chances of finding a job… [but] I will fight to end crony capitalist programs that benefit the rich and powerful,” said Brat. “The central policy issue in this race has become Cantor’s absolute determination to pass an amnesty bill… this is not the Republican way to fix our economy and labor markets.”
Between 2000 and 2013, the U.S. accepted 10 million guest-workers and 13.4 million immigrants. That adds up to roughly 800,000 guest workers and 1 million immigrants per year.
Each year, roughly 4 million Americans turn 18 and begin looking for jobs, amid high unemployment and the large inflow of foreign labor.
A top White House economist, Jason Furman, has acknowledged that poverty declines when there’s a shortage of workers, not a surplus of workers.
To offset opposition in his primary election, Cantor has emphasized his opposition to the “Comprehensive Immigration Reform” bill passed by the Senate in June 2013.
However, he has endorsed portions of the Senate bill, including measures that would allow younger illegals to stay, and would allow companies to hire more foreign workers.
In his June 6 interview, Cantor reiterated his opposition to the Senate bill, even as he called for a compromise bill.
That’s been the pattern for more than a year, as GOP leaders zig-zag between the conflicting demands of their voters and of their business allies, who want to increase the inflow of foreign workers.
Cantor also argued that Obama must show he won’t renege on any compromise before the GOP can move ahead with an immigration deal.
“The president has got to go and demonstrate that he’s willing to rebuild the trust with the American people after what he has and his administration have demonstrated on all kinds of things, where unilateral moves, executive orders have been signed without regard to the intent of the law passed by Congress,” Cantor said.
Since 2012, President Barack Obama has sharply boosted the inflow of foreign labor.
In June 2012, Obama offered work permits to at least 520,000 younger illegal immigrants.
In May 214, his deputies announced plans to offer work permits to 100,000 spouses of guest-workers.
This month, his administration announced a plan to hire 100 lawyers and paralegals to help a new inflow of illegal immigrants youths, parents and children settle in the United States. That inflow could reach 190,000 or more by October 2015, according to estimates by officials.