Idaho GOP Congressman Raul Labrador told National Journal Daily that Republicans need to work with Democrats to enact immigration reform and not worry about who gets the political benefit.
“I think my party understands it’s not going to get any political capital from this, but it’s something we need to do,” Labrador of Idaho said in an interview published Wednesday.
Labrador Communications Director Michael Tate recirculated the article Wednesday afternoon.
Wrote reporter Fawn Johnson:
“Labrador favors some type of legalization for undocumented immigrants (but no special path to citizenship) and giving employers easier access to foreign labor. In other words, he’s ready to strike an immigration deal if liberals will work with him.
“That’s why Labrador was so impressed Tuesday when just such a liberal, Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., went out of his way to praise the Republicans who control the Judiciary Committee for seeking input from a variety of stakeholders. ‘That hasn’t always been the case,’ Gutierrez said, referring to a long-held congressional practice in which the majority party stacks hearings with partisan witnesses.”
Johnson added that “Republicans must deal with Democrats and the White House to fix the immigration system. ‘Hispanics are not going to listen to us’ as long as Republicans are viewed as the obstacles to reform, he said.”