Updated and edited by Sentinel contributor Hilda
Republican response to Obama’s lawlessness on immigration law has been questioned by many on the right who would like to see more opposition and no fig leaves. Virginia Republican Eric Cantor, whose primary will be decided tomorrow, is one who has been criticized for a recent interview in which he said he was willing to reach some kind of deal with Barack Obama on some immigration issues.
He didn’t actually ask for an immigration deal. He called for Obama to work with Republicans on those issues where they have common ground.
Rep. Cantor told the interviewer that there is a deal they could reach on some areas of immigration law but is that the case?
During an interview with CBS 6 in Virginia, Eric Cantor warned Obama that his “my highway or the highway” approach to reform would not lead to legislation being passed during his tenure. “So far, the president has just insisted that it’s all or nothing, [it is] my way or the highway. That’s not going to happen.”
Cantor said he is strongly opposed to the amnesty bill passed in the senate. He does believe that the Republicans can work with President Obama on border control and on the kids here illegally.
“I have told the president, there are some things we can work on together,” said Cantor, who is facing a challenge from tea party candidate Dave Brat, an economics professor, in Tuesday’s GOP primary in Virginia.
Referring to undocumented children, he added, “We can work on the border security bill together, we can work on something like the kids.”
The concern by some on the right is that this will enshrine Obama’s unilaterally imposed rules and give citizenship to tens of thousands of kids, encouraging more to come over the border as a result. Since the left insists that families can’t be broken up, it allows for serious chain migration. However, it is not realistic to expect any Republican to take a hard stance on the children coming here illegally, especially with a very important election looming.
“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 none of that will happen, the issue is moot. Mr. Obama has already demonstrated that he will not tighten border control.
A Democrat from Georgia, former Congressman Ben Jones asked fellow Democrats in Virginia to cross over and vote for Cantor’s opponent David Brat to knock the powerful Cantor out of the House.
White House immigration officials have said that the president is willing to work out an immigration deal with Republicans.
I seriously doubt that.
What kind of deal could anyone possibly work out with Mr. Obama that he won’t abuse when he feels like doing so? They can pass laws preventing him from doing so and he will flout them as he did in the case of the recent release of the Taliban prisoners.
Instead of trying to work with the lawless president, it might be better to find ways to deal with his violations of law but that will have to wait until the end of the year. The Republicans are hoping to make it to November and win the Senate before they act. They are playing it safe for now.
What I need to know is how many registered Democrats voted for David Brat. Everything else is conjecture.