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Eric Cantor: Cautionary Tale

Filed under: General — Dana @ 5:00 pm

[guest post by Dana]

As Congress weighs out the president’s border funding request, Sen. Jeff Sessions reminded his colleagues of the cautionary tale that is Eric Cantor:

“The results of recent primary elections show the American people are being roused to action, and once activated, their power will be felt — they will not be mocked,” Session said on the Senate floor on Monday. “They have begged, and pleaded for our nation’s immigration laws to be enforced for 30 or 40 years, and the politicians have refused.”

Sessions is, of course, referring to the stunning loss by Cantor to Tea-Party backed economics professor Dave Brat, who toppled him in a surprise victory.

Most observers believe that Cantor’s refusal to reject any immigration reform that included some form of amnesty contributed greatly to his loss.

In light of the likelihood that President Obama, through executive order, will grant legal status to 5 million illegal immigrants, Sessions implored his colleagues “to not support any supplemental funding requests without including provisions that would limit his ability to take such actions.”

“No member in either party — Republican or Democrat — should support any border legislation that moves through this Senate that does not expressly prohibit these planned executive actions by the president,” he said. “All this is grim talk, but the situation is stark: Congressional action this week to bar unilateral, imperial action by the president is surely the best course to head off what could be a constitutional crisis.”


7 Responses to “Eric Cantor: Cautionary Tale”

  1. when Tom Donohue wants young latino boys

    Congress procures them for him

    no questions asked, Mr. Sessions

    please to get with the program

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  2. You guys aren’t getting with the program like the NY Times and LA Times and Washington Post and Ezra Klein and Chrissy Matthews have warned us to. You see, if we don’t grant amnesty to these workers, then their kids who are natural-born U.S. citizens are going to turn 18 and march to the polls and kick out all of the mean right-wingers who are trying to prevent illegal immigrants from coming here to take jobs that otherwise would go to them. You see the logic in it right? All those 30 year-olds with high school diplomas and maybe a year at the local community college who have never held a steady job in their lives are going to be mad that we are trying to prevent millions of young workers in Asia and Latin America come here without authorization to take the low-wage jobs that these poorly-educated low-skill U.S. workers would otherwise be in line for. Why, it will be the end of the conservative movement as we know it: millions of first-generation unemployed Americans voting for the party that continues to flood the border with cheap labor.

    JVW (feb406)

  3. chop chop people time’s a wastin’

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  4. Jeff Sessions speaks the truth, but the stupid party’s actions are speaking so loudly Sessions’ words can’t be heard.

    ropelight (7de793)

  5. We are now treating illegals better than vets. Disgraceful! And a feckless Congress stands idly by.

    Gazzer (e04ef7)

  6. So far in the 25 primaries held turnout is 15% of eligible voter population.

    Like 2012, this is a race to the bottom. The GOP is playing ‘rope a dope’ hoping the Entitlement electorate can’t be bought, bussed and vote six times in three states.

    A really futile and stupid gesture needs to be done on someone’s part.

    gary gulrud (46ca75)

  7. Jeff Sessions, who’s vehemently against immigration, would like to read the election that way. But that’s really not the explanation, and you’d have to ask then how did Lindsey Graham win his primary.

    Eric Cantor lost because he tried to finesse this issue, and even more so, he ran a dishonest campaign. He was even accusing his opponent of being a liberal. Every ad he ran probably made his situation worse.

    Sammy Finkelman (d22d64)

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