House Minority Leader Eric Cantor has announced he supports offering citizenship to children who were brought to the US illegally. This marks a turnaround since 2010, when Cantor opposed the policy as part of the DREAM Act.
Cantor first mooted the idea in a policy speech last Tuesday, and restated it emotively on Sunday's Meet the Press. "We want to make sure we're compassionate and sensitive to their plight - these kids know no other place as home," Cantor said.
His reversal is part of a broader GOP strategy that NYMag's Jonathan Chait calls "Krauthammer Plan":
This strategy was laid out by the ubiquitous pundit in a column published a mere two days after the election. In it, Krauthammer audaciously declared that the party needed to take a dive on immigration reform, and otherwise change nothing else. There was no 47 percent problem, no one percent problem, just an immigration problem.