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Idaho Republican Weighs In On Islamic State, Immigration

Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID), speaks at the Conservative Political Action conference (CPAC), on February 10, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID), speaks at the Conservative Political Action conference (CPAC), on February 10, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Rep. Raul Labrador, a Tea Party favorite, is calling for Congress to debate and vote on further military action against the extremist group calling itself the Islamic State.

Labrador thinks President Obama needs to sketch out a well-defined mission with a clear exit strategy in order to win Congressional support in his forthcoming speech to the nation.

“If he’s going to go beyond the initial strikes, he needs to come to Congress,” Labrador told Here & Now’Robin Young. “He needs to get approval from us, he needs to get authorization. That’s what the Constitution requires and we need to have a robust debate on what we are going to be doing in that region.”

On the domestic front, Labrador recently told a town hall in his district “our immigration system is in a shambles.” He says President Obama has pursued failed immigration policies, and calls Obama’s decision to wait until after midterm elections to take up immigration politically motivated.

“With this President, immigration has always been about politics,” Labrador said. “This all about votes for him, this is not about doing the right policy.”

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