Meet the Press   |  July 07, 2013

Labrador: We will lose ground if immigration reform not done correctly

Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho discusses the importance of cutting back on illegal workers in the United States and how that will help immigration reform overall.

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>>> you, somebody who's been pushing -- you're an immigration lawyer. you've been pushing for reform. i'll paraphrase something you were quoted as saying in june in the " national journal ," that we've got to fix the system and that hispanics have essentially stopped listening to republicans. isn't that a bigger concern than some of these policy differences that you have with david brooks or others who would support the senate legislation?

>> actually think if we don't do it right politically it's going to be the death of the republican party . if we do it right, i think it's going to be good for us, 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 to at this point to the people that are offering more, that are offering a faster pathway to citizenship, all those things. so i think we lose on both groupds if we don't do it right. if we do it right, cut down illegal immigration by a large percentage, do it in a way that actually brings more legal immigrants to the united states -- one of the problems with the senate bill that we haven't talked about is that the non-ag guest worker portion of the senate bill is actually -- starts out at 20,000 guest workers per year. think about that. i've had some congressmen say do you mean 20,000 per county? 20,000 per state? and it's not. it's 20,000 non-ag guest workers per year for the entire united states . you're not going to cut back illegal immigration by only bringing 20,000 guest