As House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) was walking down a Congressional office hall on Wednesday, a girl identified by the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) as 9-year-old Liz Maquez attempted to ask him to help move immigration reform forward on behalf of her undocumented father. Without allowing Liz to ask her question, Cantor immediately responded that he couldn’t help her.
LIZ MARQUEZ: Please–
CANTOR: I can’t help you. Good to see you.
He then brushed past her with his arm on her back.
Liz was identified as a member of FIRM, an immigration reform organization. She is a U.S. citizen, but her father is undocumented and in immigration proceedings. She was one of 40 children present at the Capitol Christmas tree lighting ceremony at the West Lawn of the Capitol on Tuesday and sang to House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) as a way to call him out for not letting an immigration bill come to a vote on the House floor.
This is just the latest confrontation between youth advocates and House Republican leaders. Just last month, two FIRM Youth In Action teens confronted Boehner at a diner to tell him their stories of family separation due to the broken immigration system. He told them that he would “try to find a way to move the bill forward,” but then stated mere hours later that he would not take up the Senate comprehensive immigration bill during a press conference.