Conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh has said immigration overhaul is still possible despite tea party activist David Brat’s shocking victory this week over House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in the Virginia GOP primary.
Although Brat had attacked Cantor during the campaign for his support of immigration reform, Limbaugh said Wednesday on his show
that the White House and political news websites such as Politico have wrongly claimed that immigration was not the reason Cantor lost.
"I can honestly say I have never seen such a divide between the people who govern this country and the people who live in it," Limbaugh said. "I have never seen Washington so distant and so removed and so unaware."
Limbaugh said Republican strategists believe that the chances of immigration legislation being passed in Congress are non-existent now that conservatives – who are fiercely opposed to "amnesty" – have shown they are a force to be reckoned with in Congress.
But the conservative commentator strongly disagrees, saying that Cantor and House Speaker John Boehner will continue with their efforts to push through with reforms to aid millions of undocumented immigrants.
"What has Eric Cantor got to lose in moving amnesty?" Limbaugh said. "He’s got nothing to lose moving amnesty. What has Boehner got to lose in moving amnesty now? I don't think they're scared. I think they're mad. I don't think this [election result] scares them.
"Dave Brat had a wonderful message. Have you heard anybody in Washington on the Republican side embracing his message? No."
Limbaugh added, "Immigration reform equals one word: amnesty. Does nobody in the Beltway know that nobody in this country wants immigration 'reform?' They don't want it. We don't want any part of it."
Limbaugh said that the government must act now to enforce immigration laws, with south Texas being "flooded" with illegal immigrant "refugee" children.
"The people of this country who are paying attention know full well that securing the borders isn't going to happen with whatever's being discussed now on immigration reform. There isn't one person in Washington talking seriously about border security who has advanced an idea that has any workability to it whatsoever."
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