Labrador to CPAC: ‘It’s time our immigration system pushed us into the future, not held us back.’

Idaho Republican Congressman Raul Labrador appeared on an immigration panel Thursday, the opening of the three-day Conservative Political Action Conference in Maryland.

A 5-minute clip of Labrador is available on the congressman’s YouTube page.

Spokesman Michael Tate also release quotes from the talk, which follow:

“One area we as conservatives need a grander vision on is the way forward to reforming and modernizing our immigration system.”

“We’re a country where there are no barriers to success and no boundaries to achieving our full potential. It doesn’t matter who you were born as, or who you were born to. Your dreams have a chance. That’s attracted people here from around the world to live and build a better life.”

“It’s time our immigration system pushed us into the future, not held us back.”

“Our conservative principles are eternal… limited government, personal responsibility, and a strong commitment to free enterprise and liberty.”

“We have ideas that work. We have ideas that can win. We just have to work to make that happen.”

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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