It may be hard to believe, but the agenda here in Washington does include a few items beyond trading punches over the healthcare law and its troubled website. Near the top of the list is immigration reform. NPR national political correspondent Mara Liasson reports on the prospects for an overhaul of the nation's immigration laws.
Idaho Rep. Raul Labrador (R) met with Hispanics protestors in his Meridian office on June 10. Labrador says whether immigration reform passes Congress will depend on Senate Democrats' willingness to compromise.
Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador reacted today to the Senate’s approval Thursday of an immigration reform bill. The Republican congressman who made his living as an immigration attorney before being elected to the House in 2010 says he gives the Senate credit for framing the issue and addressing important aspects of the immigration debate.
Supporters of the Senate immigration bill got a boost today from the Congressional Budget Office. The CBO report says the bill would boost the economy and reduce federal deficits. But last night, the House approved an immigration bill increasing criminal penalties against anyone in the U.S. illegally.
A group of about a dozen immigration rights supporters protested Monday outside Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador's Meridian office. They criticized Labrador’s decision last week to leave a group of House Democrats and Republicans who’ve worked for weeks on a bipartisan bill to reform immigration law.
Democratic and Republican senators have filed hundreds of amendments to an immigration bill in the U.S. Senate. Many amendments filed by Republicans aim to boost border security and add employment enforcement provisions. Supporters say in some cases the real intent is to kill the legislation.
A few hundred people rallied at a downtown park in Boise for immigration reform before marching to the Statehouse. As part of the national May Day rallies, Idaho labor unions, businesses and student groups came out in support of a U.S. Senate bill that would create a path to citizenship for immigrants who came to America illegally.
Cristina McNeil is with the Idaho Community Action Network. She says that lobbying Congressman Raul Labrador to pass comprehensive immigration reform is an important part of the struggle.
The U.S. House of Representatives voted Thursday to hold U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress.
Holder withheld documents from a congressional investigation into the failed border security operation knownas“Fast and Furious.”
U.S. Representative Raul Labrador (R-ID) has been critical of Holder and Operation Fast and Furious since last year. He spoke on the House floor before the vote. "The Attorney General has not only failed to produce all the relevant documents, he has misled this Congress and thereby prevented us from uncovering the truth."
Idaho Governor C. L. "Butch" Otter (R) is in Utah Friday to meet with other chief executives from neighboring states. It’s the first ever meeting of what’s called the Rocky Mountain Roundtable. They discussed common issues like public lands, water resources, and endangered species.