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Churches Seek Immigration Reform

Immigration reform advocates are joining the Episcopal Diocese of Idaho along with Mennonite and Unitarian churches in Boise to launch 11 days of fasting and prayer for immigration reform, culminating in a candlelight prayer vigil Sept. 13 at Lakeview Park in Nampa, with the 11-day timeframe symbolizing the 11 million undocumented immigrants now estimated to be in the United States. Church leaders said the issue goes straight to their faith. “Abraham himself was an immigrant,” said the Rev. Debbie Graham, an Episcopal priest serving Meridian, Payette and Weiser, in a news conference at Boise’s historic St. Michael’s Episcopal Cathedral today. She noted the Biblical injunctions to welcome the stranger/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

DFO: Do you support wholesale immigration reform?

Dairy Industry Rips Risch, Crapo

Idaho's dairy industry is applauding the Senate passage of bipartisan immigration reform legislation - and scolding Idaho's two senators for voting against it. “This legislation, should it become law, will greatly assist the largest industry in Idaho with the ability to grow and increase productivity,” said Brent Olmstead, director of Milk Producers of Idaho. “We are disappointed that Idaho’s two senators chose to not join in the bipartisan effort to fix the current immigration system. We have been and will continue to work with the Idaho delegation in the House to keep the current momentum on immigration reform going”/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: P'haps Crapo & Risch should pay more attention to an Idaho industry affected by immigration reform than the ideologues within the Republican Party?


Read more here: http://blogs.idahostatesman.com/crapo-risch-explain-opposition-to-immigration-reform-bill/#storylink=cpy

Durst: Crapo, Risch Demagoguing

On his Facebook wall, state Sen. Branden Durst, D-Boise, posts (re: Crapo, Risch oppose closing debate on immigration reform):  “US Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch have demagogued the immigration issue to death. All this despite the clear evidence that in a state like Idaho, immigration reform isn't just a nice to have, its a need. Tell them that they need to stop posturing and finally demonstrate some leadership by supporting immigration reform today.”

Question: Do Sens. Risch and Crapo represent your stand on immigration reform?

Norquist: Accept Immigration Reform

Anti-tax activist Grover Norquist (pictured in AP file photo) told the Boise City Club there is a simple reason for conservatives to support immigration reform. Economics. Norquist, arguably the single most important voice in branding the modern Republican Party around tax cuts, said low taxes and open immigration are at the heart of the American success story. Fixing the immigration system now will make the 11 million immigrants living in the shadows more productive and grow the economy by $2.5 trillion, he said. “We’re not doing it to win votes, we’re doing it because it’s good economics,” Norquist said. Japan, China and Germany will falter because they have limited immigration and aging populations. The United States is the only nation in the world that has, from its beginning, largely welcomed immigrants, which has contributed to its prosperity, Norquist said/Rocky Barker, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Do you agree with Grover Norquist that immigration reform makes economic sense?


Read more here: http://blogs.idahostatesman.com/conservatives-should-embrace-immigration-reform-norquist-says/#storylink=cpy

Trib: Jeers To Raul For Bailing Out

In his weekly Cheers & Jeers column, Congressman Raul Labrador gives jeers to …

… to Congressman Raul Labrador, R-Idaho. Being part of the eight House members from both parties hammering out an immigration reform bill got Labrador a seat next to “Meet the Press” host David Gregory and “This Week's” George Stephanopoulos. Of course, Idaho Education News' Kevin Richert and the Associated Press' John Miller can't get their calls answered. But, hey, his time is limited. Until Wednesday, when Labrador turned his back on the immigration reform negotiations just as his seven colleagues got some traction. Labrador objected to giving newly legalized residents access to public health care. Maybe that's a deal-breaker for Labrador, but not for the remaining Republican members of the panel - Mario Diaz-Balart of Florida, John Carter and Sam Johnson, both of Texas. “We have found a way forward,” Carter told The Hill newspaper/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Was Congressman Labrador looking out for his best interests when he bailed out on other House members trying to hammer out immigration reform?

Labrador Quits House Immigration Bill

A bipartisan House immigration group has lost one of its eight members, as conservative Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) informed colleagues Wednesday that he could not sign on to legislation the group hopes to release in the coming weeks. Labrador told reporters after an hour-long meeting that he was leaving the group because of concerns that the bill would not sufficiently protect taxpayers from footing the healthcare bill of undocumented immigrants.“I’m just going to move on and work with other members of the House Judiciary Committee to try to craft legislation that can actually pass the House,” Labrador said/Russell Berman, The Hill. More here.

Question: Did Labrador make the right move?

SR: Immigration Reform Time Ripe

The Spokesman-Review Editorial Board calls on Congress to seize another golden opportunity for reforming immigration:

Conditions are also ripe for a bill in the House, because Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, has the credibility to persuade “Young Turk” conservatives who gained office in 2010 that reform is good for the party and the nation. Labrador is a former immigration lawyer and, as a recent National Journal article noted, his knowledge and Puerto Rican roots enable him to neutralize the immigrant-bashers in his caucus. This is the best opportunity since the 9/11 attacks to solve this complicated issue, so we encourage Congress to seize it. More here.

Question: I think it's swell that an Idaho congressman may be instrumental in solving the ongoing immigration crisis. How about you?

Politico: Labrador Could Lead Reform

Item: Politico: Labrador could be GOP’s ‘credible face for immigration reform’/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise

More Info: Politico yesterday took a look at Idaho Rep. Raul Labrador as a possible “credible face for broader immigration reform” for the GOP. Reporter Marin Cogan writes, “Wading into the tricky politics of immigration reform would seem to be a dead end for any Republican these days — let alone a conservative freshman from Idaho. But Rep. Raul Labrador, a Puerto Rican-born former immigration lawyer and overnight tea party darling, is doing just that.

Question: Would you be proud/dismayed if Congressman Labrador becomes the credible GOP face for immigration reform in this country?

GOP Senators Block Immigration Reform

Senate Republicans and a handful of Democrats voted Saturday morning to block legislation that would grant legal residency to illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. before the age of 16. The DREAM Act, which would give legal status to illegal immigrants who came to the country at a young age, lived here for at least five years, graduated from high school and attended college or served in the military, fell five votes short of the 60 needed to overcome a GOP-led filibuster — 55 to 41/Alexander Bolton, The Hill. More here.

Question: Do you agree/disagree with U.S. Senate GOP action to block the DREAM Act?

Raul Labrador On Immigration Reform

Question: What do you think of Republican Raul Labrador’s position on immigration reform?

Tribe: Jorgenson Immigration Plan Nuts

Marc Stewart, spokesman of the Coeur d’Alene Indian Tribe: “Every tribe in Idaho would strongly oppose any such legislation.”

Jorgenson To Push Arizona Reform

A northern Idaho lawmaker says he’ll push Arizona-style immigration reform if voters return him to the state Legislature. Sen. Mike Jorgenson, a Hayden Lake Republican, still must survive his May 25 GOP primary, where he faces Steve Vick. There’s no Democratic foe for November’s general election. Jorgenson, who has tried unsuccessfully to enact a law to punish Idaho employers who knowingly hire illegal aliens, vowed to push “an exact duplicate of the Arizona law” in the 2011 Legislature. Arizona’s new law requires police to ask for citizenship documents from those suspected of committing a crime, if officers had reasonable cause to believe the suspect was an illegal alien. Jorgenson says following suit in Idaho would “force Congress to get off their kiesters.” At least nine states are considering Arizona-style laws/Associated Press.

Question: Will Jorgenson’s push for Arizona-style immigration reform help him in his GOPrimary fight against Steve Vick? Or hurt him?

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