• Immigration Reform Update 1: All Eyes On The House
  • June 11, 2013
  • Law Firm: McDonald Hopkins LLC - Cleveland Office
  • This week, a bipartisan group of House members announced they had a framework for a deal on immigration reform. The bipartisan working group, however, grew smaller as conservative Republican Congressman Raul Labrador (R-ID) announced he could not sign off on the deal and would author his own proposal instead.

    Labrador cited the failure to include language preventing newly legalized immigrants from obtaining subsidized healthcare as the reason for his withdrawal from the group.

    The loss of Labrador complicates efforts to pass immigration reform in the House. Labrador was seen as an important emissary to conservative Republicans in the chamber, many of whom are incredibly reticent to support immigration reform.

    Even with a deal in principle, however, there will not be legislation filed in the House until legislative language is drafted and agreed to.