U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is taking a lot of heat from both sides of the political spectrum as his June 10 primary approaches.
Immigration groups are holding him generally responsible for the current gridlock on reform, and particularly responsible for a decision not to make an incremental move and pass the ENLIST Act, which would allow the children of illegal immigrants who serve in the military to become U.S. Citizens.
If you're wondering, "what's the argument against that one," I cannot say for sure, but there are some who say the bill would "essentially invite illegals to join the military and turn our armed forces into a visa mill for open borders."
Anyway, cue yesterday's barrage of liberal shots across Cantor's bow. From Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America's Voice, a pro-immigration-reform group:
"Make no mistake: Eric Cantor is the one man standing in the way of passing immigration reform."
And, from the same press release, Brad Woodhouse, president of Americans United for Change and a former communications director for the Democratic National Committee:
If more proof were needed that Cantor is the one man blocking comprehensive immigration reform, look no further than his refusal to allow even a debate on one of its least controversial components: honoring the service of undocumented veterans. Cantor’s gavel envy is obvious, which is why we see him do this delicate dance between placating the anti-immigrant Tea Party elements of his caucus like Steve King while also trying to be the ‘new face of the Republican Party' for the business community that supports immigration reform and the many economic benefits it brings. Cantor is in the best position to negotiate between these factions of his party. If Speaker Boehner and Majority Leader Cantor jump in the pool together, they could get comprehensive immigration reform done today. The votes are there between the two parties in the House. All eyes are on Cantor.
He's taking heat for a not-conservative-enough voting record (DEBT CEILING!!), refusing to debate primary challenger David Brat and generally trying to bury Brat's upstart campaign under an avalanche of campaign cash and a misleading television commercial running here on a loop.
The battle over the Virginia GOP's soul continues.