Idaho’s Labrador to visit US-Mexico border this weekend

Idaho GOP Congressman Raul Labrador will be in California and Arizona Saturday through Monday on an official visit with colleagues and Michael Fischer, chief of the U.S. Border Patrol.

In June, Labrador withdrew from a bipartisan group of four Republicans and four Democrats working on a comprehensive immigration reform bill, saying he not support a bill that would allow undocumented immigrants to obtain health insurance under U.S. health care law.

Labrador now supports a piecemeal reform approach, beginning with border security.

His office issued the following news release Friday afternoon:

LABRADOR TO VISIT

CALIFORNIA & ARIZONA AS PART OF

CONGRESSIONAL SOUTHWEST BORDER TRIP

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Raúl Labrador (R-ID) will visit the U.S. Southern border from Saturday, August 3 through Monday, August 5 as part of a Congressional site visit organized by the House Committee on Homeland Security.

The Congressional border trip is an opportunity for Rep. Labrador and other Members to talk with the experts and stakeholders on the ground including the Border Patrol and Coast Guard about efforts to secure the border.  Rep. Labrador and other Members will be briefed on operations in the San Diego and Tucson sectors to examine what assets work, and where, in the diverse Southwest terrain, and what more must be done to achieve operational control. Chief of the U.S. Border Patrol, Michael J. Fischer, will accompany Members on the trip.

·         The California portion of the trip will include demonstrations on tunnel detection technology, areal and ground tours of terrain and border security infrastructure and maritime port security operations.

·         The Arizona portion of the trip will include briefings and demonstrations on advanced unmanned aerial systems and an aerial tour of the border to view integrated fixed towers, fence line and check points.

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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