Skip to comments.Labrador: ‘It would be crazy for Republicans to pass immigration reform and go to a conference’
Posted on 10/18/2013 1:44:10 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
With President Obama again pushing immigration reform, Idaho Republican Rep. Raul Labrador says it would be foolish for House Republicans to pass immigration reform and bring it to a conference committee with the Senate-passed immigration bill.
You know that I believe in immigration reform, and you know that you and I have disagreed on this issue a little bit, but I will tell you I have always been at least over the last few months against a conference and now more than ever, Labrador said Thursday on The Laura Ingraham Show. And the reason is because I have seen in these negotiations that Harry Reid and President Obama will not negotiate in good faith.
According to Labrador, who dropped out of a bipartisan group working on immigration reform, the shutdown negotiations foreshadowed what immigration reform negotiations will look like.
What they will do is they will go to the media and they will drive their friends in the media to attack us. So if we do anything on immigration right now and if we send something to conference theres no way that we come out of a conference victorious, he said.
So, in my opinion, we should have never gone to conference, but after the experience Ive had over the last few weeks, I think theres no absolutely no way. I think it would be crazy for Republicans to pass immigration reform and go to a conference, he added.
The Senate passed a far-reaching comprehensive immigration reform bill in June. The House has approached immigration reform in a more piecemeal fashion, moving forward a series of stand-alone bills.
Groups and lawmakers who opposed the Senate immigration bill have been warning against taking any House-passed immigration reform bill to conference with the Senate bill.
Labrador additionally hammered the media for failing to hold Democrats accountable for their rhetoric during the government shutdown.
I mean this is outrageous, the things that they said about Republicans. And the media not only did not lambast it but they actually fanned the flames they continued to repeat it and they continued to use that kind of rhetoric when referring to Republicans.
Labrador is a pretty solid rep.
Idaho isn’t given much credit when they send strong conservatives like Crapo and Risch to the senate.
Mike Simpson is the only blot against the state. Vote him out in 2014.
Help elect a constitutional conservative instead, Bryan Smith.
Simpson’s toast. He doesn’t even realize it yet.
How about that sucker Kinzinger in illinois? I hope http://electdavidhale.com/ can put this RINO to sleep too.
IMHO, the Speaker should say
“We can’t consider an Immigration Bill when so many Americans are unemployed and underemployed.
“Until unemployment rates drop to where they were under President Bush, any Senate Immigration Bill is (using Harry’s words) D.O.A.
No more Newfie carpetbaggers!
IMHO, the Speaker should adjourn the House until the first week of December. Let them spend the time in their districts while their constituents try to figure out Obamacare.
[We cant consider an Immigration Bill when so many Americans are unemployed and underemployed.
Until unemployment rates drop to where they were under President Bush, any Senate Immigration Bill is (using Harrys words) D.O.A.]
Good plan. Before anything happens the House and Senate should have a thorough, complete, no-holds-barred discussion of the last Comprehensive Immigration Reform around 1988. That was supposed to be a one time fix, giving amnesty to many millions and increasing the number of new DemocRAT voters by about the same number.
When will the spineless and GOPe grow a pair and not get sucked into anymore.....”my Friends we must bend over, grab our left ankle,and with our other hand reach across the aisle for Comprehensive Immigration/DemocRAT Voter reform.”
John shameless McCain
I agree — so long as “figure out” means organizing our voters for a SERIES of Marches on Washington, to be held mostly on WEEKEND days.
And let’s be sure to put an empty chair and an unplugged TOTUS on the dias, so “The One” won’t feel left out!
And let’s get schedule some celebrity sightings, too.
I wonder. Could we get Bloomberg to leave his gunmen at home?
How about all Republicans band together and give a simple winning message.
AMNESTY IS DEAD UNTIL OBAMACARE IS FIXED.
Raul Labrador was the guy to push amnesty lite and even he is dropping out.
They wanted a scrappy looking, tough talking man like Gowdy to push amnesty lite as well.
They only have nerds like Ryan and Cantor left to lead the amnesty charge.
I like that idea, They should go back to their districts and serve as volunteer navigators, You know they are qualified since each one of them read every word of the law.
Rand Pauls immigration speech
03.19.13 | Hon Sen Rand Paul (KY)
Posted on 03/19/2013 7:04:07 AM PDT by Perdogg
...The Republican Party must embrace more legal immigration.
Unfortunately, like many of the major debates in Washington, immigration has become a stalemate-where both sides are imprisoned by their own rhetoric or attachment to sacred cows that prevent the possibility of a balanced solution.
Immigration Reform will not occur until Conservative Republicans, like myself, become part of the solution. I am here today to begin that conversation.
Lets start that conversation by acknowledging we arent going to deport 12 million illegal immigrants.
If you wish to work, if you wish to live and work in America, then we will find a place for you...
This is where prudence, compassion and thrift all point us toward the same goal: bringing these workers out of the shadows and into being taxpaying members of society.
Imagine 12 million people who are already here coming out of the shadows to become new taxpayers.12 million more people assimilating into society. 12 million more people being productive contributors.
[but hes not in favor of amnesty, snicker, definition of is is]