It is being argued that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's defeat in a June primary started a chain of events that led three of the world’s richest men to write an op-ed demanding the U.S. change its immigration law.
Sheldon Adelson, Warren Buffett, and Bill Gates, worth a combined $184.3 billion, are claiming that Americans are getting “shortchanged” by the Republican's refusal to bring an immigration bill to the House floor.
Despite polls citing the opposite, the three billionaires write in the New York Times that “Most Americans believe that our country has a clear and present interest in enacting immigration legislation that is both humane to immigrants living here and a contribution to the well-being of our citizens.”
Buffett has some history on the issue. His son Howard Buffett operates a farm in Decatur, Illinois and has complained about how tightened immigration rules are preventing ago-businesses from finding cheap help to harvest crops.
Adelson has taken criticism from his own Party. Ann Coulter questioned his motives, saying he would benefit from expanded immigration because of the larger pool of cheap labor he could access for his casinos. Coulter wrote that Adelson's views are "an especially telling example of the self-interest of businessmen on immigration."