4:16 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Gov. Otter Didn't Know 8 Immigrant Children Have Been Sent To Idaho In Border Surge

Gov. Otter with First Lady Lori Otter at a recent Republican event at the Capitol.
Credit Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

This post was updated at 10:00 a.m. July 25, 2014.

This week, Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter sent a letter to federal officials telling them not to send any of the unaccompanied young migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border to Idaho.

However, federal officials say they've already sent children from the border to Idaho.

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10:20 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Gov. Otter Tells Federal Officials Not To Send Migrant Kids To Idaho

Credit Idaho Statesman

Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter has sent a letter to federal officials telling them not to send any of the unaccompanied young migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border to Idaho.

Otter on Wednesday sent the letter to U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Leon Rodriguez.

Idaho has not been contacted by federal officials about bringing any of the children to Idaho.

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9:59 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Obama Wants To Pivot To Immigration Reform, But Can It Work?

Originally published on Wed October 23, 2013 4:43 pm



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.

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4:27 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Immigrant Investor Visa Popular With State Legislators, But Outside Their Control

Tom Banse Northwest News Network

There's a little known back door into the United States, available only to the affluent. It's called the immigrant investor visa -- or EB-5.

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Immigration Reform
12:47 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Labrador Says Future Of Immigration Reform Rests On Senate's Willingness To Compromise

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.
Credit Scott Graf / Boise State Public Radio

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. 

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11:55 am
Wed June 19, 2013

Idaho Senator Crapo Predicts Future Of Immigration, Farm Bills

Credit Courtesy of Sen. Mike Crapo's office

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. 

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4:25 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Immigration Group Rallies At Labrador’s Office, Meets With Congressman

Credit Scott Graf / Boise State Public Radio

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.

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Immigration Reform
5:45 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Idaho Rep. Labrador Quits Congressional Immigration Reform Panel

Idaho Rep. Raul Labrador (R) quit a bipartisan House group working on immigration legislation. 

He sent this tweet after his announcement:

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1:37 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Sen. Crapo: Americans Should Get First Pick Of Guest Worker Jobs

Credit Courtesy of Sen. Mike Crapo's office

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.

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Immigrant Reform
6:53 am
Thu May 2, 2013

May Day Protests In Seattle Turn Ugly Again

Seattle Police officers face off against protesters downtown. In the background, an unidentified protester is hand-cuffed and placed under arrest.
Credit Deborah Wang / KUOW

May Day began peacefully in Seattle with a march for immigration reform. But in the evening, hundreds of protesters clashed with police.

Police used what they call “blast balls.” That’s a kind of explosive that also contains pepper spray.

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Immigration Reform
8:48 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Immigration Rally In Boise Looks To Idaho Congressman For Support

Frankie Barnhill Boise State Public Radio

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.

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1:52 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

At High Profile CPAC, Labrador Lays Out Immigration Plan

Raul Labrador

Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador joined the GOP's biggest stars Thursday morning as thousands of conservatives and tea party activists gather near Washington DC.

The Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC, offers Republican leaders a high-profile stage to talk about issues, including immigration.

Labrador told CPAC members that conservatives need a grander vision for immigration reform.  He laid out a three-point plan.

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5:09 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Labrador Votes To Hold Attorney General Holder In Contempt

U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID)
Office of Rep. Raul Labrador

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." 

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5:10 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

Gov. Otter: Illegal Immigration “Tremendous Expense” For Idaho

Idaho Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter (R)
Aaron Kunz Boise State Public Radio

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. 

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