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Idaho’s Labrador predicts Boehner’s demise over immigration, may run himself

The Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call reports that Idaho’s two-term GOP Rep. Raul Labrador says his party needs new leaders and he “is not ruling out a run for leadership himself.” Labrador told CQ Roll Call Tuesday that House Speaker

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Despite calls from Obama & Idaho Dems, GOP leaders don’t plan immigration vote

Thursday was a big day for pressure on House Republicans to take up immigration reform, including the bipartisan bill that passed the Senate 68-32 in June. From Meridian and Kuna to the White House, reform advocates called for votes. Thursday

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Idahoans press reluctant Labrador to rejoin bipartisan immigration reform talks

Idaho GOP Congressman Raul Labrador is using “immigrant families as pawns in his political games,” say the Idaho Community Action Network and Coalition for Immigration Rights of Idaho. Reform advocates say they will deliver the last of 2,500 petitions to

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Labrador calls immigration talks with Obama ‘crazy,’ says prez ‘trying to destroy the Republican party’

Idaho GOP Rep. Raul Labrador appears to have abandoned his hopes for immigration reform this year. Labrador, an immigration lawyer whose first language was Spanish, entered 2013 saying he hoped to be part of a bipartisan approach to immigration reform

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Back from border, Labrador says empower local police to enforce immigration law

Congressman Raul Labrador says U.S. Border Patrol agents are doing an “awesome job using the best technology” but that he’s more convinced than ever that state and local police should join the federal government in enforcing federal immigration law. The

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Melaleuca’s VanderSloot: Establish a ‘path to citizenship’

Melaleuca CEO Frank VanderSloot of Idaho Falls is among more than 100 Republican business leaders who wrote Republican members of Congress last week urging them to pass immigration reform and calling the current system “broken.” The executives set three conditions:

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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

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Labrador rips media for overplaying Rep. King’s ‘reprehensible’ remarks on immigrants

Idaho Republican Congressman Raul Labrador says reporters behaved shamefully by focusing on remarks by Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, that have been condemned by many Republicans, including Labrador and House Speaker John Boehner. King’s statement that young illegal immigrants are 100

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Labrador: Failure on immigration would be ‘death of the Republican Party’

Idaho GOP Congressman Raul Labrador told a national TV audience that the Senate-passed immigration reform bill is fatally flawed and if the Republican majority in the House approved the measure it would ruin his party. Labrador said the Senate bill

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Crapo, Risch explain opposition to immigration reform bill

Idaho Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch said the immigration bill approved by the Senate Thursday is flawed, with Crapo saying border security is inadequate and Risch calling the bill a “Band-Aid.” The Republican lawmakers issued two news releases as

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