INTERVIEW: Raul Labrador talks DACA deadline, addresses campaign criticism and marijuana debate

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U.S. Congressman Raul Labrador currently serves as a U.S. Congressman for Idaho. In 2015 he helped found the House Freedom Caucus and is now running for governor in the state of Idaho. Labrador joined Neal Larson and Julie Mason on KID Newsradio to talk the continued debate surrounding immigration in the United States, respond to criticism he’s received while on the campaign trail and talk about the recent death of a bill that would have allowed people to buy and sell CDB oil in Idaho for medical purposes.

You can listen to the full interview below.


IDAHO FALLS, Idaho — Congressman Raul Labrador talked about the most recent developments on the DACA debate, addressed criticism on the campaign trail and the marijuana debate in Idaho on Wednesday, March 7.

Illegal immigration are still high on the minds of people in Washington D.C. as DACA looms over Congress as a main obstacle to balancing the federal budget. But, Congressman Raul Labrador says the DACA debate is merely a symptom of a large issue: a broken immigration system.

“We need to make sure we secure the border, we give law enforcement the tools that are necessary for them to arrest and deport people, that we build the wall, that we do all those things that are necessary to make sure that we have an immigration system for the twenty first century that works and that is fair,” Congressman Raul Labrador told KID Newsradio.

In addressing the larger issues, Labrador said, the United States is better equipped to deal with the DACA population. But, Democrats seem bent on not making any progress with the DACA population despite they’re vocal commitments to do so.

The Democrats only care about the population and they don’t care about the border security issues that we need to deal with,” Labrador said. “They claim that they want to fix the border issues, but when you give them real solutions to the real problems that we have with immigration, with border security, with all these issues, they always say no to all  of those things. So, we can’t put the cart before the horse. We have to make sure that we fixed the border issues first and at the same time we can do something with the DACA population.”

But, working to create a solution for border security and immigration isn’t the only thing on Labrador’s list. The Congressman is simultaneously running a campaign for Idaho’s top seat, a multitasking feat that’s drawn criticism from some of his opponents including Labrador’s absence from several votes in Washington this year.

“The attack is that I have missed a little bit more than the average, you know, member of Congress,” Labrador said.  “The average member Congressman misses, I think, two percent. I think, I missed a little bit more than that. This year though I missed a lot of votes because I had a son who had surgery and I spent two weeks at home and in the hospital with him and that’s what they’re talking.”

But, his son’s surgery isn’t the only thing keeping Labrador looking at the medical industry. Idaho recently spiked a proposal which would have allowed people to sell and use CBD oil to help remedy conditions like epilepsy, a move, Labrador said, that continues to give pharmaceutical companies too much power and control.

“CBD oil when it’s done properly, and I believe let this bill makes sure that it was done properly, it has good medicinal properties that  help kids with epilepsy, kids with other problems,” Labrador said. “When we have such an opioid epidemic we need to start looking at alternative forms and medicine and not just the CBD oil, but other holistic forms of medicine as a way get away from the drug prescription, you know, from prescribing, over prescribing so many drugs that are you know, become such curse in our society.”

Labrador said he still opposes legalizing marijuana because he’s not seen evidence that’s it’s as beneficial medically as some claim, but he also said he’s open to listening to that discussion.