Rep. Labrador: GOP Will See Demise if Immigration Reform Fails

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Sunday, 07 Jul 2013 12:08 PM

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While Idaho Rep. Raul Labrador does not support the Senate's recently passed immigration bill, the Republican said the issue must be resolved or it will lead to the demise of the GOP.

"If we don't do it right politically, it's going to be the death of the Republican Party," Labrador said Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press." "We're going to lose our base because we're still going to have a large number of illegal immigrants coming into the United States."

He said his concern with the Senate bill is it puts the legalization of 11 million people ahead of securing the border.

"I think the American people are not going to stand for that," Labrador said. "That means that every five years, we're going to have to do another Reagan amnesty. What the American people want is a secure border."

On the topic of Obamacare, the congressman blasted the administration's policy decision to delay for one year a mandate for business owners to provide health insurance to their workers.

"That's what the Obama administration wants you to believe," he said, referring to the official reason for the delay: President Barack Obama is listening to business owners.

"The question is, 'What part of Obamacare actually works?' Labrador asked. "There's nothing about this law that is working in the United States."

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