Meet the Press   |  July 07, 2013

Labrador: Legalization can’t be ahead of security

Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, discusses the likelihood the House will pass immigration reform, and says the Senate bill lacks the necessary security measures at the border.

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>> let me bring in congressman raul labrador of idaho, conservative in the house, tea party supported. welcome back. let me have you weigh in on this particular issue. why shouldn't this be seen a different way, which is the obama administration making a real and credible concession to the business community to make sure that this is implemented in a thorough and effective way?

>> well, that's what the obama administration wants you to believe. i think they want you to think that they're listening to the business owners. and i think you can give them a little bit of credit for that. but the question is what part of obama care actually works? because if you look at -- they've already had to concede on other points that obama care is not working. now they have to do it on the employer mandate. and pretty soon i think they're going to have to have some questions about the political mandate. there's nothing about this law working in the united states . all businesses are concerned. it was interesting to listen to senator menendez say that this portion of the law was only going to affect about 1% of the businesses. why is it that democrats of this administration thought that it was necessary for them to create a law that was actually going to affect 1% of the businesses when most businesses with 50 people plus were actually providing insurance to their employees?

>> let me ask you about immigration. president bush , former president bush , is expected to speak out about immigration reform this coming week. he could be a very strong voice within the republican party after the senate has passed immigration reform to put pressure on the house. how will you respond to that? and do you think we're going to get a bill in the end out of the house?

>> you know, i hope we're going to get a bill. i think immigration reform is necessary. as you know, i have been negotiating on immigration reform now for some time. my concern with the senate bill is that they put the legalization of 11 million people ahead of security. the legalization happens first, and then the security happens second. and i think the american people are not going to stand for that. in fact, if you look at this obama care debacle that they have right now, this administration is actually deciding when and where to actually enforce the law. and that's what some of us in the house are concerned about. if you give to this administration the authority to decide when they're going to enforce the law, how they're going to enforce the law, and you tell them that it's okay if they decide if there's going to be 20,000 troops or if there's -- i mean 20,000 border patrol agents or they get to determine when the border is secure, i can tell you that janet napolitano has already said that the border is secure. so what's going to happen is we're going to give legalization to 11 million and janet napolitano will come to congress and tell us that the border is already secure and nothing