Amnesty Advocates Storm Cantor Election HQ
Immigration advocates demanding amnesty for illegals stormed the election headquarters of Eric Cantor Tuesday night, moments after the powerful congressman conceded defeat to Tea Party rival David Brat.
Chanting, “What do we want? Immigration reform! When do we want it? Now!,” several dozen amnesty advocates began forcing themselves into the room where Cantor supporters were still in shock from his upset defeat.
The Cantor supporters began pushing back at the activists. One woman was put in a choke hold and dragged out. Another had a glass of wine thrown in her face. Shouting and cursing ensued as the two forces shoved back and forth at each other.
Once they made their way into the room, one advocate pulled out a giant American flag and started chanting. Another held up a bright red t-shirt that read, “Casa de Virginia,” a local group that describes itself on its Twitter page as a “community organization that protects our civil rights.” The group organizes demonstrations and publicity stunts, such as the Fast for Families campaign, geared at generating media coverage for amnesty.
The group played out a similar stunt at the headquarters of Ken Cuccinelli on election night last year as his supporters waited for results.
A recent flyer created and distributed by Casa de Virginia calls on members to pressure Eric Cantor to schedule a House vote on “immigration reform.” The seven-term congressman and House Majority Leader’s defeat could very well derail any effort to pass legislation on the issue, note amnesty opponents.
Lindolfo Carballo, Lead Organizer for CASA de Virginia and leader of the Cantor protest, told local CBS affiliate WTVR that “Eric Cantor lost because he was a pretend tea partier [….] but voters, faith and business leaders, and more all agree that we need a real leader to end the suffering of our families.”
A hotel employee took to the microphone stand where Eric Cantor had only minutes earlier conceded his defeat and warned the protesters in Spanish that police were on their way.
The protesters heeded police warnings that they would be arrested if they did not leave on their own. No arrests were made.