Cantor: Immigration reform should begin where both parties can agree

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Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Virginia Republican, said Sunday that securing the nation’s borders and enforcing immigration laws is a precursor to any talk of legal status or citizenship.

“We need a clear, certain, determined ability to get the situation on the border straight and implement laws on the interior so people across the country can have faith that the laws are being enforced,” he said on “Face the Nation.”


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One area where there is broad agreement on both sides of the aisle, Mr. Cantor said, is not punishing Dreamers who were brought to America as children and don’t know any other home.

“We ought to be dealing with the things we can agree on which is the kids,” he said. “Certainly we ought to take care of that problem. That should come first because it just makes sense to start where we can find agreement.”

While immigration is a widely-talked about issue, Mr. Cantor said the House will also focus on job growth and the economy, which he believes are of greater concern to most Americans.

“I believe that you’re going to see us in Congress not only continue on the issue of immigration, but get to the heart of issues affecting Americans,” he said.

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