House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is boasting in a new campaign mailer of shutting down a plan to give "amnesty" to "illegal aliens," a strongly worded statement from a Republican leader who's spoken favorably about acting on immigration. The flier sent by his re-election campaign comes as Cantor is under pressure ahead of his June 10 GOP primary in Virginia -- and as the narrow window for action on immigration legislation in the House is closing fast. Cantor's flier underscores how vexing the issue is for the GOP.
Most Republicans continue to believe Cantor is safe; he won a primary challenge two years ago with nearly 80 percent of the vote. But the prospect of a competitive and bruising challenge to the second-ranking Republican in Congress is embarrassing to Cantor -- and is rattling GOP leaders at a time when the party is trying to unify its divided ranks.