WASHINGTON — The stunning news that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) lost his primary bid Tuesday, June 10 may be bad news for hopes the House will take up immigration reform this year.
Cantor’s defeat stunned pundits Tuesday after he lost the Republican primary to David Brat, a Tea Party-backed candidate who works as an economics college professor.
"I think this is a scale-eight earthquake,” former House Speaker Newt Gingrich told CNN. “I think it will shock the Washington establishment; it will shock the House Republicans.”
Brat framed his challenge around immigration reform and attacked Cantor’s support for legislation that would allow children from undocumented adults to receive legal status. Canton, however, was not a supporter of wider immigration reform legislation.
The Senate took action on immigration reform by passing S. 744, but the House has yet to pass a single bill. While it may be too early to forecast the political fallout from Cantor’s loss, the produce industry is likely to be huddling in coming days to determine its effect on immigration reform.