Cantor is working on legislation known as the "Kids Act" that would provide a path to citizenship to some illegal immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children.

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King was rebuked by GOP leaders last month when he alleged that for every exceptional child of an illegal immigrant in the U.S., there were 100 with “calves the size of cantaloupes” hauling marijuana across the border.

“I strongly disagree with his characterization of the children of immigrants and find the comments inexcusable,” Cantor said at the time.

BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerDems face hard choice for State of the Union response Even some conservatives seem open to return to earmarks Overnight Finance: Trump, lawmakers take key step to immigration deal | Trump urges Congress to bring back earmarks | Tax law poised to create windfall for states | Trump to attend Davos | Dimon walks back bitcoin criticism MORE also castigated King's remarks, calling them "disgraceful."

King told The Hill he was never contacted directly by either Boehner or Cantor about what he said, and he has stood by the remarks as based on his own travels on the border.