A day after Rep. Walt Minnick issued a guest opinion defending his TV ad on immigration — and released another TV ad blasting his Republican opponent's work as an immigration lawyer — Raul Labrador fired back.
Labrador issued a guest opinion today, accusing the incumbent of dodging the immigration issue.
"It is surprising my opponent, Democrat Walt Minnick, continues to intentionally distort my record on illegal immigration and profession as an attorney while at the same time avoids explaining his own position on illegal immigration," said Labrador.
The full Labrador guest opinion follows:
As an immigration attorney of Hispanic descent, it is understandable that I would be asked a lot of questions regarding my position on the crisis of illegal immigration that our nation faces. I have always answered these questions clearly and precisely.
So it is surprising my opponent, Democrat Walt Minnick, continues to intentionally distort my record on illegal immigration and profession as an attorney while at the same time avoids explaining his own position on illegal immigration.
Apparently, he believes that “if you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.”
My position on illegal immigration has always been consistent and could not be clearer:
First and foremost, amnesty and a pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens are out of the question.
Illegal is illegal! The federal government must enforce the existing laws already in the books.
Second, we must secure our borders.
This means troops on the borders and the use of the latest technology to conduct surveillance and prevent illegal incursions.
Third, we must have a guest worker program that actually works. Many people from all over the world want to live or work here. But they must do it legally.
For 10 years I have tried to have a rational discussion on immigration. I have asked members of my own party to tone down the rhetoric. I have addressed the need of a guest worker program when some in my party have attacked me on this issue.
Ironically, instead of being attacked by the far right for trying to honestly address this complex issue, I am being attacked by a Democratic politician who is willing to say and do anything to get elected.
Walt Minnick is following the divisive national Democrats’ strategy to avoid any discussion of literally any issue in this campaign. I want to have a true debate on issues that Walt is trying to avoid: Illegal immigration, horrendous unemployment, our faltering economy, the unconstitutional Obamacare and our crippling national debt.
To create jobs we need less government interference, lower taxes, the repeal of Obamacare and an end to the insanity of uncontrolled deficit spending the Democrats have brought us.
Walt Minnick isn’t willing to talk about the issues because he knows Idahoans are responding to my positive message to lead us out of this financial crisis. We need to create jobs in this country.