House Republican Leaders' Mixed Messages on Comprehensive Immigration Reform

House Republican leaders are trying to have their cake and eat it too. They claim to want comprehensive immigration reform, and yet they have not allowed a single vote to fix our broken system. A look at today’s news makes it clear that Majority Leader Cantor can’t have it both ways when it comes to immigration reform:


“Eric Cantor is simultaneously blocking immigration reform and plotting a way to grant amnesty to undocumented immigrants – it just depends on whom you ask.”

“Cantor, the second-ranking House Republican who holds the keys to the chamber’s floor schedule, has increasingly been hit from both the left and right for what his critics see as a shifting stance on immigration…”

Washington Times:

“Mr. Cantor’s campaign sent out a mailer this week arguing he’s been the chief obstacle to amnesty. ‘Conservative Republican Eric Cantor is stopping the Obama-Reid plan to give illegal aliens amnesty,’ it reads.”

“Instead, Mr. Cantor has called for trying to find consensus on smaller bills, including granting legal status to young illegal immigrants…”

Majority Leader Cantor isn’t the only one under attack for his inconsistency on the issue. Speaker Boehner is also receiving flak for his empty rhetoric over the past 18 months:

“‘[Speaker Boehner] has been very consistent with his inconsistencies on immigration, so nobody knows what to expect or what to believe on this topic,’ said Rep. Steve King, an Iowa Republican.” [Washington Times, 5/5/14]

So which is it? Will GOP leaders continue to block immigration reform? Or will they join the majority of Americans, fellow Republicans, and a range from organizations from business to faith groups who all support comprehensive reform and allow the House to work its will on this issue?