Idaho's Labrador lands Immigration Subcommittee post, right spot to pursue top priority

Sophomore Congressman Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, has said his decision on whether to run for governor in 2014 will hinge in significant part on prospects for immigration reform in the new Congress.

Labrador got good news Tuesday on that front, when he was assigned to the Immigration Subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee. Labrador got the post even after refusing to vote for House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, on Jan. 3.

Labrador's other Judiciary assignment is the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations.

On the House Natural Resources Committee, Labrador has been assigned to the Public Lands and Environmental Regulation and Water and Power subcommittees.

Wednesday's news release from Labrador follows:

Labrador Receives Judiciary and Natural Resources Subcommittee Assignments

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Office of Congressman Raúl R. Labrador is pleased to announce the following subcommittee assignments were made at the Republican Organizational Caucus meetings held yesterday.

Congressman Labrador has been assigned to the Immigration Subcommittee in the Judiciary Committee. Immigration reform is on the top of both President Obama’s and Congressional Republicans’ agenda, and over the past two years Congressman Labrador has emerged as a leading voice for conservative immigration reform. “Our nation’s broken immigration system has become an economic drag and a national security problem. We must fix it, but we must do so in way that is fair to the immigrants who have followed the rules, the people who are caught in the system, and the American people who expect the rule of law to be followed," Labrador said.

Congressman Labrador was also assigned to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations. “I am particularly excited about this subcommittee because there is a clear need to bring accountability and real oversight to the Department of Justice. This assignment recognizes my role last session in the Committee on Oversight & Government Reform during the Fast and Furious investigation and will allow me to continue that work in the 113th Congress.”

He will also rejoin the House Natural Resources Committee, and has been assigned to the Public Lands and Environmental Regulation Subcommittee as well as to the Water and Power Subcommittee. “Natural resources are the backbone of the Idaho economy but are often subjected to misguided regulations that do nothing to protect the environment. The Public Lands and Environmental Regulations Subcommittee will give me the perfect spot to continue my work on regulatory reform and forest health. My position on the Water and Power Subcommittee allows me to provide the oversight and guidance needed to ensure a reliable source of cost-effective hydroelectric power for Idaho.”

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Just when I didn't think it could get any worse...

...along comes Raul. After Clement Leroy we deserve a break. Or do we? We keep electing these fine legislators.

Good for him

I look forward to some improvement in our immigration issues. We'll see if his press release is correct and he really is a leader in the GOP in his issue.

Whatever; just keep him back

Whatever; just keep him back in WDC where he can do no harm in Idaho.

Are you SURE that will work?

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People are broad-minded. They'll accept the fact that a person can be an alcoholic, a dope fiend, a wife beater and even a newspaperman, but if a man doesn't drive, there's something wrong with him.

Yup!

Correct.
And everybody still likes Bill Clinton, don't they?

Yes they do but his wife doesn't get a break, does she?

McCain can gripe all he wants to but he's forgotten all those years in a cage don't mean you can just WHINE INCESSANTLY and not do anything else good to help prevent it in the future.

Oh, wait, we got our butts kicked over there in Vietnam because we didn't learn from Korea.

So it's never going to get fixed then, huh?

Idiocy is FUN!

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People are broad-minded. They'll accept the fact that a person can be an alcoholic, a dope fiend, a wife beater and even a newspaperman, but if a man doesn't drive, there's something wrong with him.

Interesting

that his top priority is focused on only about 10% of his constituents. My hunch is he received very few votes from them especially in consideration of the fact that he supports the Republican party line of "In order for us to have real immigration reform, our top priority needs to be to first secure our nation’s borders and start enforcing the immigration laws already enacted."...a position that hasn'tproven popular with these constituents.

Legal

So Carlos (Mexican name not withstanding) how do you the think 10% of his constituents (assuming you are referring to US citizen Hispanics) makes them any different the 90% of his constituents?

Are you saying an American, born here, of hispanic descent, somehow has different political views than a caucasian citizen?

Idaho is 90% white, is that what you think?

The Statesman was born YESTERDAY?

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People are broad-minded. They'll accept the fact that a person can be an alcoholic, a dope fiend, a wife beater and even a newspaperman, but if a man doesn't drive, there's something wrong with him.

Given the GOPs issues with immigration,

I have to wonder if Boehner might have given him this subcommittee assignment as punishment. ;)

The Leader of a Subcommittee

After Labrador dissed Boehner, about the only power he has is over his desk, office staff, and computer. He is is easily one of easiest representatives to ignore.

Not leader of a subcommittee...just assigned to one

In his press release he self-identifies as a leader on the issue, but it looks like he is just another member of the subcommittee.

Interestingly enough, I was listening to a radio report earlier today that talked about immigration reform and how the GOP was likely to handle it. They mentioned Marco Rubio as the most influential member of the GOP on the issue...no mention of Labrador. It's kind of sad since Labrador is probably the most expert person in congress on the issue.

Expert

Expert?
What makes him an expert any more than any other lawyer in Congress?

It doesn't take much for a Puerto Rican to make it to the US.

If we are looking for an expert, let's start in Texas, Arizona, or a Southern California district. Joaquin Castro for example. No, he's not Cuban like Rubio. Or TX Senator Cornyn.

Those guys live in the thick of the issue.
Raul, a Puerto Rican living in Eagle, Idaho. Give me a break amigo.

It has nothing to do with being Puerto Rican.

How many other lawyers in Congress have actually practiced in this area of the law? Just because you are an attorney doesn't mean you have any experience or expertise in this area. I wouldn't expect Labrador to be an expert in water rights law just because he is an attorney. He is an expert because he has years of experience dealing with the law. He sees where the barriers are to fair, efficient immigration policy. Unless there are other immigration lawyers in Congress, I would expect he has far more experience actually working within the current immigration system than any of them.

My comment has nothing to do with Labrador being Puerto Rican. That is your issue. It has to do with the fact that I believe he is probably the only immigration attorney in the bunch.

I believe he is probably the only one

And here is where you are incorrect.
"Unless there are other immigration lawyers in Congress"

Secondly an immigration attorney in Texas not only knows the paperwork and "the barriers" (like Raul), they also understand the issue because they live in it. Granted the Mexico border is not the only immigration issue but it 'starts' there.

Congresswoman Lofgren for one example
B.A. at Stanford University and a
J.D. at Santa Clara University School of Law.
Two years as partner at an immigration law firm in San Jose,
Lofgren spent three years teaching clas ses on immigration law at her former law school at Santa Clara University.

Would you like more? I was just focused on the subcommittee. Lofgren and Smith are two... but if you wanna open to "experts" in Congress. Well that could take awhile. But I am certainly not so narrow to think Raul is the only attorney with practice in immigration law.

I stand corrected. :)

Labrador is one of few experts on the issue in Congress.

You SIT corrected, unless you use an iThing.

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People are broad-minded. They'll accept the fact that a person can be an alcoholic, a dope fiend, a wife beater and even a newspaperman, but if a man doesn't drive, there's something wrong with him.

So the professor is wrong again

Adler? Adler? Adler? Any comments from professor Adler on this?

How is Adler wrong on this?

How is Adler wrong on this? You need to go back and read Adler's comments; it was his opinion. Anyone's opinion is neither right nor wrong.

Who the heck is Adler?

At least we didn't have to suffer the comments of Wayne again.....

He's nobody, never played football.

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People are broad-minded. They'll accept the fact that a person can be an alcoholic, a dope fiend, a wife beater and even a newspaperman, but if a man doesn't drive, there's something wrong with him.

Exactly

Thanks

good news. This shows that

good news. This shows that for those willing to stick their necks out against the all powerful speaker of the house, they can still survive. Hopefully more will do so.

I don't know how getting a subcommittee assignment shows

anything as far as Labrador's relationship with the Speaker. He got assigned to a subcommittee. Big deal. Boehner probably thinks keeping him busy is a good idea.