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Immigration Reform Gets Pushed Back in House

September 9, 2013

Representative Raul Labrador (Rep. Idaho), a leading voice among House Republicans on the issue of immigration, said in a Univision interview today with interviewer Jorge Ramos that a debate on comprehensive immigration reform may not be possible in 2013. Other issues, such as the discussion of the president’s proposed military action in Syria and the debt ceiling debate may instead consume the House agenda.

JR:                   Congressman Labrador, how does this—this new conflict with Syria—affect the debate about immigration reform? ¿Do you think that it will set it back in Congress? How does the timing work out? What do you think?

RL:                  I think so. I think we have the situation in Syria, we have the monetary situation, we have the situation with what’s called the debt ceiling, which is the ceiling of the debt that we have in the United States. All these things are now coming forward. They are the things that we have to do immediately, right now. And unfortunately, I think that is going to delay the immigration debate a little.

JR:                   So when you say that this is going to delay it, does this mean that the idea that a lot of people, both Democrats and Republicans, had, that there was going to be immigration reform in 2013, may not happen?  . . . .   —Congressman Labrador, [the problem] is that if it doesn’t get done in 2013, then later, in 2014, it’s going to be very complicated because there will be elections, people will be thinking about other things.

RL:                  I agree with you completely. I think that if we don’t do it now, in 2013, it’s not going to be—it’s not going to happen in 2014. And that means that we’re going to have to wait until 2015. So now, that time is—it’s becoming a lot shorter. We don’t know exactly when we’re going to be able to have this debate. A lot of us thought that the debate was going to be in October, but now, with the problems that we’re having internationally and also here in this country, I don’t see how we’re going to be able to have this debate until—until November. And I really don’t know if it will be possible to do it in November.

 

 

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