Idaho’s Labrador on immigration panel today at Conservative Political Action Conference

First District Republican Congressman Raul Labrador is among five panelists on an hour-long forum,“Respecting Families and the Rule of Law: A Lasting Immigration Policy.” The panel begins at 12:45 p.m. MDT.

The annual three-day get-together, known as “CPAC,” is a star-studded event and must-go for aspiring presidents. Headliners include Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and the GOP’s last two vice presidential nominees, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has not been invited, sparking some controversy.

The panel featuring Labrador will be held in the main meeting space, the Potomac Ballroom, at the Gaylord National Hotel  in National Harbor, Md. Among the three competing smaller breakout sessions is one featuring political analyst Dick Morris.

The immigration panel will be  moderated by Helen Aguirre Ferré, host of “Zona Politica.” Other panelists: Dr. Whit Ayres, President, North Star Opinion Research; Dan Garza, Executive Director, The LIBRE Initiative; Helen Krieble, Founder and President, The Vernon K. Krieble Foundation; and Jenny Korn, Executive Director, American Action Network.

Labrador has said his decision on whether to challenge Gov. Butch Otter in the May 2014 GOP primary hinges on prospects of immigration reform in the current Congress.


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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