On Sunday’s Meet the Press, Congressman Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) issued a warning for his fellow GOPers if the immigration bill is not done “right.”
Labrador said, “If we don’t do it right, politically it’s going to be the death of the Republican Party.” He said this in response to a question about the Republican party losing even more support from Latinos if immigration reform fails. The Congressman also added that if immigration reform is done “right” that it would help his party.
Rep. Labrador has placed a premium on border security, saying that it must come first before any legalization. Back in February, he expressed that the undocumented should not have a path to citizenship because they knowingly broke the law.
Labrador appears to be pushing for a more conservative immigration bill than has already emerged from the Senate. The immigration bill passed by the Senate already contains a “border surge” which doubles the number of border agents and increases fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border. A recent poll of Latino voters showed that they do not prefer a “security first” approach as part of comprehensive immigration reform. That same poll showed that Latino voters were largely opposed to gaining legal status without the ability to apply for citizenship. So Labrador’s positioning is largely out of step with the preference of Latino voters — at least as indicated by recent polls.