Another outlet takes note: US News calls Idaho’s Labrador ‘point man’ on immigration

U.S. News is the latest news outlet to highlight the role of Idaho GOP Congressman Raul Labrador in immigration reform legislation.

Last week’s story by Lauren Fox includes a great quote, with Labrador comparing the bill introduced this month by a Senate bipartisan group including presidential prospect Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., to the not-yet-revealed bipartisan House effort.

“I think the Senate is in a hurry to make history,” Labrador said. “And I think we are in a hurry to getting it done right.”

The week before last, I noted the flood of stories headlining Labrador’s notoriety as a key player, frequently noting his work as an immigration lawyer, his birth in Puerto Rico, his membership in the Mormon Church and his popularity among tea party Republcians.

U.S. News picked up similar threads, with Fox writing, “…Labrador’s background makes him a peculiar messenger. Labrador immigrated from Puerto Rico, but he represents the panhandle of Idaho, a state not well-known for its strong Latino influence. Fewer than 10 percent of residents in his district are Hispanic.”


Dan Popkey came to Idaho in 1984 to work as a police reporter. Since 1987, he has covered politics and has reported on 25 sessions of the Legislature. Dan has a bachelor's in political science from Santa Clara University and a master's in journalism from Columbia University. He was a Congressional Fellow of the American Political Science Association and a Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan. A former page in the U.S. House of Representatives, he graduated Capitol Page High School in 1976. In 2007, he led the Statesman’s coverage of the Sen. Larry Craig sex scandal, which was one of three Pulitzer Prize finalists in breaking news. In 2003, he won the Ted M. Natt First Amendment award from the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Association for coverage of University Place, the University of Idaho’s troubled real estate development in Boise. Dan helped start the community reading project "Big Read." He has two children in college and lives on the Boise Bench with an old gray cat.

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