Immigration reform is not dead, an Illinois congressman says. U.S. Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez (D-Chicago) says the landscape in Congress for passing an immigration reform measure in the House that passed the Senate last year is unchanged by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) losing his primary this week.
“The votes existed in the House of Representatives to pass comprehensive immigration reform on Monday. When I woke up on Wednesday, there were still dozens, dozens of men and women in the Republican Party that were ready to join hundreds of men and women in the Democratic Party to pass comprehensive immigration reform,” he said.
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The question of whether the speak will call the bill for a vote is unchanged by the result of the Virginia primary, he said.
U.S. Rep. Bill Foster (D-Naperville) cautioned against “over-interpreting” Cantor’s loss; his opponent used anti-immigration rhetoric, but it appears that that was not the main issue in Cantor’s defeat.
Gutierrez says nothing will happen soon, as Republicans have to sort out their leadership structure, but he says that will be resolved by Thursday (June 19).