Immigration advocates focus on House GOP leader

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

WASHINGTON D.C.--- Immigration advocates angry over stalled legislation in Congress are increasingly focusing their ire at House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.

The Virginia Republican is seen as largely responsible for the House's election-year failure to act on immigration 11 months after the Senate passed a wide-ranging bill.

Cantor is facing a June 10 primary in Virginia from a tea party challenger who's accusing him of supporting amnesty.

The majority leader is seen as interested in becoming House speaker in the future. He's maintaining ties with tea party conservatives who largely oppose immigration legislation.

He played a lead role this week in blocking House consideration of legislation giving citizenship to certain immigrants here illegally who serve in the military.

Cantor's staff denies political considerations play any role in his actions on immigration.

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