New House Majority Leader: Border Security, Then Legalization

Kevin McCarthy, the California Republican who replaced Virginia Rep. Eric Cantor as House majority leader, said that there is an “opportunity” to negotiate for the legalization of illegal immigrants, but only after the border is secured.

“I believe there’s an opportunity,” he said on Fox News Sunday. “But if you don’t secure the borders, there’s nothing.”

McCarthy seemed determine not to repeat Cantor’s mistake of appearing out of step with the Republican base on immigration.

“I’m on record saying nothing about immigration, until we secure the borders,” McCarthy said. “Until you secure the borders, you cannot have the conversation about anything else.”

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