Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, was one of six panelists at a Tuesday Capitol Hill forum sponsored by Politico, saying, “I want us to be known as the pro-immigration party. I want us to be known that we welcome people to this country, that we want people to be successful. I want our party to take this lead on immigration reform.”
Labrador also advocated a multi-pronged approach to immigration reform in the new Congress, rather an a comprehensive bill.
“Every member of Congress will find something in a comprehensive bill that they will not like,” Labrador said. “We should have a series of bills — four, five or six bills — that we debate separately but that we vote together on the House floor.”
Politico reports that "Labrador accused the White House of aiming for a 'political victory' instead of a 'policy victory.'"
Last year, Labrador co-sponsored a bill to grant up to 55,000 visas to for foreign nationals receiving "STEM" degrees in science, technology, engineering and math from U.S. universities. The bill passed the House but died in the Senate.
Last week, Labrador told the Statesman that his decision on whether to run for governor in 2014 would hinge in significant part on prospects for immigration reform in the 2013 and 2014.
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