GOP Rep. Raul Labrador: Immigration reform could mean end of Republican Party

labradorRep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, warned Republicans that if they don’t handle the immigration bill right, it could mean the end of the GOP.

“If we don’t do it right, politically it’s going to be the death of the Republican Party,” Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho), he said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

The Hill added:

Labrador was asked to respond to claims from GOP proponents of immigration reform that failing to pass a bill would cost the party the support of Hispanic voters.

Labrador warned that the GOP could lose its base by backing a bill that failed to secure the border.

“If we do it right I think it’s going to be good for us,” he said. “But if we don’t do it right what’s going to happen is 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, and the Hispanic community is not going to listen to us because they’re going to always listen at this point to the people that are offering more, that are offering a faster pathway to citizenship.”

But he wasn’t finished.

“I think we lose on both grounds if we don’t do it right,” he added.

Speaker Boehner said he wouldn’t bring the Senate immigration boondoggle before the House and Harry Reid said he wouldn’t bring anything else passed by the GOP-controlled House to the Senate.

Writing at PJ Media, Rick Moran wondered if Senate Democrats would deal in a conference committee.

“It doesn’t look like it,” he wrote.  “President Obama made so many promises to Hispanics that anything short of a path to citizenship in a final bill would hurt the Democrats with that ethnic group. So it is likely that Senate Democrats will accept all or nothing and may end up with no immigration reform at all.”

Meanwhile, Democrats want Republicans to believe that passing amnesty will help the GOP.  Most Republicans don’t believe that, but Senators like McCain and Graham seem to, and appear willing to see the GOP go over the cliff to help Democrats secure a majority in perpetuity.

Labrador, a former immigration attorney, is right on the money here, and more Republicans need to listen to him.

But will they?  Time will tell.

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A 10-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Joe ran for a city council position in Riverside, Calif., in 1991 and managed successful campaigns for the Idaho state legislature. Co-author of "Banned: How Facebook enables militant Islamic jihad," Joe wrote for Examiner.com from 2010 until it closed in 2016 and his work has been published at Newsbusters, Spokane Faith and Values and other sites. He now runs the Conservative Firing Line.

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