WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin warns that amnesty will decimate America.

Speaking to Fox News following House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s stunning loss to Dave Brat, Palin stated that granting immigrants in the country amnesty will cost Americans their jobs.

“The people realize that amnesty will decimate Main Street. Flooding foreign citizens into the country, competing for American jobs, will flatline our incomes and will create even more unemployment for American workers,” Palin told Fox News.

Brat campaigned as a foe of immigration legislation, and said Cantor was likely to help immigrants living in the United States illegally gain amnesty if given a new term in the House.

Palin praised the campaign Brat ran on for $122,000.

“Dave Brat talked a lot about free enterprise and free markets and just the foundational principle about what makes an economy invigorated and vibrant,” Palin said to Fox News.

Palin also said that experts should not be shocked at the outcome.

“I think people are overthinking this and those who are absolutely shocked that this could happen must not have their thumb on the pulse of what many Americans are thinking,” Palin said, “and that is the status quo has to go.”

The impact of Cantor’s surprise loss on the fate of immigration legislation in the current Congress seemed clear. Conservatives will now be emboldened in their opposition to legislation to create a path to citizenship for immigrants living in the country illegally, and party leaders who are sympathetic to such legislation will likely be less willing to try.

Despite the loss, two high-profile GOP senators, Rand Paul and Lindsey Graham, are still pushing for immigration reform, and President Barack Obama believes that legislation can get done without Cantor.

“It’s interesting to listen to the pundits and the analysts, and some conventional wisdom talks about how the politics of immigration reform seem impossible now,” Obama told nearly 40 big-dollar donors in Massachusetts Wednesday night. “I fundamentally reject that and I will tell the speaker of the House he needs to reject it.”

The Democratic-controlled Senate has already passed a sweeping bipartisan immigration bill that increases border security and provides a path to citizenship for millions of immigrants who entered the country illegally. But the Republican-controlled House, led by House Speaker John Boehner, has yet to act in the face of stiff opposition from conservatives.

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