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Eric Cantor Will Leave House Leadership Post After Stunning Loss in Virginia | KTLA. A day after House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s almost unprecedented primary loss, his defeat is being felt far from his central Virginia congressional district. Rep. Eric Cantor speaks June 11, 2014, a day after his upset defeat in the Republican primary in his district north of Richmond, Virginia. Aftershocks from Cantor’s loss at the hands of a little known and underfunded tea party supporter and economics professor rocked the political world — from the campaign trail to the halls of Congress and the White House.

The ouster of the No. 2 House Republican, who was seen by many as the next speaker, overturns the chamber’s leadership hierarchy, and effectively kills any chance of immigration reform. “It’s just sending shivers throughout the Republican conference,” veteran GOP Rep. Lee Terry of Nebraska told CNN Chief Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash. And Dave Brat’s David vs. Here are five things we learned from the political upset of the year: 1. Contrast that with GOP Sen. 2. 3. Rep. President Obama Speaks on Immigration Reform.

Lindsay Holst June 30, 2014 06:30 PM EDT Watch on YouTube In the Rose Garden this afternoon, President Obama reiterated his commitment to immigration reform and reproached House Republicans for their unwillingness to confront this important issue. Speaking a year ago to the month when the Senate passed an immigration reform bill, the President outlined what Republican obstruction has meant over the past year: We have fewer resources to strengthen our borders; Businesses can still game the system by hiring undocumented workers -- which punishes businesses that are playing by the rules and hurting the wages of hard-working Americans; The best and brightest that come to study in the United States are still forced to leave, heading overseas and subsequently competing against our workers; and Eleven million immigrants are still living in the shadows, instead of having the opportunity to earn their citizenship.

--President Obama, 6/30/2014 This also makes no sense. Rick Perry Blames President Obama for Refugee Crisis, But GOP House Won't Pass Immigration Reform. Beck who for his part rarely agrees with President Obama said America must "open our hearts" to these children who are "caught in political crossfire...through no fault of their own.

" But Gov. Perry seems to know exactly who to blame. Perry, now calling for deployment of drones along the border, claims he has been asking for more boots on the ground for years -- but how would that stop people from coming? It wouldn't, because what is currently happening is not an immigration problem it's a refugee crisis. These children are not just trying to escape not tough economic conditions but political instability and drug cartels. Responding to Perry's request for a meeting with the President on the border Obama's spokesperson said, "He could probably be pretty useful. Below are some choice quotes to remind Perry who he should be meeting with if he wants to solve the real immigration issue. The "good": "I support immigration.

The bad: "Republicans do need to make progress with Hispanic voters. Sen. Jeff Sessions: Obama created border crisis. The crisis on our border is the direct and predictable result of President Obama's sustained effort to undermine America's immigration laws. As the president's previous director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), John Sandweg recently acknowledged: "if you are a run-of-the-mill immigrant here illegally, your odds of getting deported are close to zero. " Enforcement has collapsed. Today President Obama says he needs $3.7 billion from Congress to handle the crisis his lawless policies are creating. Amazingly, the funding request further advertises his administration's amnesty efforts and our fraud-riddled asylum programs, while explicitly omitting any request for expedited deportation authority.

The request is also not paid for. The administration wants to borrow every penny. President Obama has yielded to the demands of open borders groups, to whom he pledged amnesty in 2008. And growing with it will be the crisis for the American worker. Sen. Gang of 8 Immigration Bill Hits a Legislative Sweet Spot. As recently as nine months ago, this week's bipartisan breakthrough was beyond imagining. Now, not only is comprehensive immigration reform back on the agenda in Washington, but Republican lawmakers are equal partners in the effort. And the bill they've produced after four long months of negotiating with Democrats reflects bipartisan give-and-take on virtually every page.

The best way to understand the legislation is as a series of balances. A humane, practical answer for 11 million unauthorized immigrants is balanced by tough-minded determination to secure the border and enforce the rule of law. The nation's traditional commitment to family-based immigration is balanced by recognition of our growing need for foreign workers, skilled and unskilled. There is a path to citizenship, but not a special or automatic path. It's noteworthy when lawmakers manage to find one legislative sweet spot, let alone dozens in a single bill. [See a collection of political cartoons on immigration.]

President Obama Speaks on Immigration Reform. The Daily Caller. Conservative columnist Pat Buchanan says the “Gang of Eight” immigration reform bill will, if passed, threaten national security and destroy the Republican Party’s ability to compete on a national level. Buchanan, author of “Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025?” Told radio host Laura Ingraham on Monday that passing a “blanket pardon” of illegal immigrants would be “an act of madness,” particularly in the wake of last week’s terrorist attacks in Boston. “It’s been one week since something like 178 to 180 Americans — three of them murdered — but 178 injured, maimed and wounded by two individuals who were immigrants to this country who were asylum seekers and granted asylum and given benefits,” Buchanan said. “I mean what the United States ought to do and what Marco Rubio and the others ought to do is say what we need to get into law is these enforcement mechanisms we’re working on at the border,” he continued.

“[W]hat is the reason Republicans are doing it?” Republicans May Need 'Another White House Beat-Down' Before Acting On Immigration. DENVER (AP) — House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's startling primary loss this week to a tea party-backed opponent illustrates how the GOP finds itself paralyzed by immigration reform. The policy most party leaders agree is best for the Republican Party's future is risky for most House Republicans seeking re-election in the fall. Almost all represent districts that are home to few minorities and they are in greater danger of losing to a primary challenger than to a Democrat in the general election. That leaves little incentive for the GOP-controlled House to even touch an immigration overhaul that would to grant citizenship to many of the 11 million people living in the country illegally. Economics professor David Brat hammered Cantor, R-Va., for purportedly backing "amnesty" for people in the U.S. illegally during his primary challenge.

He called his unexpected victory a wake-up call that "immigration reform is DOA. " "Pain can be a good teaching tool sometimes," said Mario H. Republican Party divided on immigration reform: Will the Senate proposal save or destroy the GOP? Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images On Tuesday, William Kristol, the editor of the Weekly Standard and Rich Lowry, the editor of the National Review, wrote a rare joint editorial denouncing the Senate's comprehensive immigration reform plan.

They said it was full of loopholes and exceptions that would do nothing to end illegal immigration. Republican Senators had signed on to the bill fueled by a "panic" about attracting Hispanic voters. House Republicans, they argued, should not only refuse to vote on the Senate bill, they should refuse to join a conference committee where their version could be melded with the impure Senate’s product. Republicans should shelve immigration reform until after the 2014 election, they argued.

There used to be a simple answer: existential dread. Since that time, the political theory has faced two sustained assaults. With the political arguments weakened, the slapdash construction of the Senate bill is harder for its proponents to defend. Marco Rubio: Gang of Eight’s immigration bill can’t pass the House - Seung Min Kim. Sen. Marco Rubio acknowledged Tuesday on a conservative radio talk show that the Gang of Eight’s comprehensive immigration reform bill won’t likely pass the Republican-led House. The comments from Rubio, perhaps the most influential congressional Republican on immigration, illustrate the challenges facing the prospects for reform after months of private negotiations by a bipartisan coalition of senators produced a wide-ranging, 844-page bill.

Continue Reading Obama's second term struggles “The bill that’s in place right now probably can’t pass the House,” Rubio told Mike Gallagher, a nationally syndicated talk show host. (PHOTOS: 20 quotes on immigration reform) He continued: “That is a very legitimate suspicion, it’s one that I share, and if there’s anything we can do to make [the bill] even tighter … that’s exactly what we should be working on.” (Also on POLITICO: GOP 2016 poll: Rubio slightly ahead) “Let’s try to fix it,” Rubio said on Gallagher’s show.

Elsewhere on Tuesday, Sen. Senators to release immigration plan, including a path to citizenship. Millions of immigrants living illegally in the United States could earn a chance at citizenship under a sweeping Senate proposal to be released Tuesday that would represent the most ambitious overhaul of the nation’s immigration system in three decades. The highly anticipated proposal from an eight-member bipartisan group also aims to stem the flow of undocumented immigrants into the country by creating tens of thousands of new visas for foreign workers in low-skilled jobs, according to a 17-page summary of the bill obtained by The Washington Post. In addition, billions of dollars would be invested in new border-control measures, including surveillance drones, security fencing and 3,500 additional federal agents charged with apprehending people attempting to enter illegally from Mexico.

The senators declined to discuss the details of the bill, but members of the group briefed colleagues in both congressional chambers Monday night, including the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, aides said.