House Majority Leader Eric Cantor says the House of Representatives will vote on a series of immigration bills in the fall, but wouldn’t commit to a vote on a measure similar to what the Senate has passed that provides a pathway to citizenship for the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in the country.
“We’ve said we are not going to be bringing the Senate bill up — we don’t believe that that’s the right path toward an immigration reform bill,” the Virginia Republican said in an interview broadcast on “Fox News Sunday.” “We will have a vote on a series of bills at some point … and it will deal with a variety of issues.”
“Border security is a really important issue,” Mr. Cantor continued. “I’ve been very active in promoting what I’m calling a kids bill. … It says that you ought not hold kids liable for illegal acts of their parents.”
Host Chris Wallace then said that he had to take the answers to mean that there’s not a commitment to an overall vote on granting some form of legal status to people in the country illegally.
“I have said that we will be addressing the issue of immigration in the House, according to our terms, not the way the Senate did,” Mr. Cantor said. “[W]e’re going to do a lot more deliberative and smart [process] in the House.”