As Senate ‘Gang of 8′ introduces immigration bill, Labrador’s House reformers promise to follow suit

On the heels of the Senate Gang of Eight’ introduction of an 844-page immigration bill Wednesday, their House counterparts, including Idaho GOP Rep. Raul Labrador, issued a statement saying they aren’t far behind.

“We believe we will soon agree on a reasonable, common-sense plan to finally secure our borders and strengthen our economy with a tough but fair process that respects the rule of law so immigrants can contribute to our country,” said a statement signed by the eight members of the bipartisan group working on a plan.

Labrador’s partners are Republicans Reps. John Carter and Sam Johnson of Texas and Mario Diaz-Balart of Florida; and Democratic Reps. Xavier Becerra and Zoe Lofgren of California, Luis Gutierrez of Illinois and  John Yarmuth of Kentucky.

Their statement follows:

Bipartisan Group of House Members Release Statement on Immigration Reform

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A bipartisan group of eight Members from the U.S. House of Representatives released the following statement today regarding their efforts for comprehensive reform of the U.S. immigration system:

“Americans want to see the nation’s broken immigration system fixed, and they know it will take bipartisanship to solve this problem in a sensible and rational way. This week, a bipartisan group of Senators stepped forward to introduce their proposal, and we applaud their effort. We are also working on a good faith, bipartisan effort in the House. We believe we will soon agree on a reasonable, common-sense plan to finally secure our borders and strengthen our economy with a tough but fair process that respects the rule of law so immigrants can contribute to our country. While we have made substantial progress, we continue to work diligently towards a bill that keeps America strong, competitive and true to our values.”

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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