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Obama: Cantor Loss Means Immigration Bill in Reach

9:44 PM, Jun 11, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
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President Obama made the case at a Democratic fundraiser this evening that Eric Cantor's loss yesterday does not mean that "the politics of immigration reform seem impossible now." Instead, he seems to believe,so-called immigration reform is in reach.

"Some of you saw that there was an interesting election yesterday. And it’s interesting to listen to the pundits and the analysts, and some of the conventional wisdom talks about, oh, the politics of immigration reform seem impossible now. I fundamentally reject that," Obama told donors in Weston, Massachusetts.

"And I will tell the Speaker of the House that he needs to reject that. Because if you met those kids today, you’d know that politics can’t play a part in it.

"I mean, if you think that because of politics you want to maintain a status quo that’s broken; because of politics we’re going to forego the economic growth and the deficit reduction, and the border security, and the fairness and the opportunity that immigration reform represents -- you don’t belong in Washington. Because at a certain point, the issues are important enough to fight for. And my argument about yesterday’s election is not that there was too little politics, it’s that there was too little conviction about what’s right.

"We need to get immigration reform done. We need to rebuild our infrastructure around this country. We need to invest in basic research and science. We need to make sure that we have equal pay for equal work. We need to make sure that we’ve got a strong minimum wage. And we can debate the issues, but we need to have a sense of urgency about the struggles that middle-class families and those who want to get into the middle class, what they’re going through, and those kids that I spoke to today, the struggles that they’re going to be facing as they leave that high school. That’s what tonight is about."

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