Capitol & State

Rand Paul urges immigration reform, touts Labrador as majority leader (w/ video)

Sen. Rand Paul says Idaho Rep. Raul Labrador offers the "new blood" voters want in his quest to become House majority leader.

"I think it'd be great for Republican leadership to have someone that's only been in for a couple of terms like Congressman Labrador," Paul said last week during a stop in Boise.

The Kentucky Republican visited Boise on the way to Moscow, where he addressed the Idaho Republican convention and tested his message as a 2016 presidential prospect.

Paul also spoke about immigration reform, describing thousands of young people at the U.S. border as a "humanitarian crisis."

"I think it's untenable to be for no immigration reform," Paul told 670 KBOI's Nate Shelman Friday afternoon.

Paul said Congress should first determine that borders are secure and then find a place for young people who entered the country illegally. He cited the examples of two hypothetical Boiseans, a 17-year-old woman who came to the U.S. at age two and is ready for college and a 19-year old man who served in the military and lost a leg in combat.

The video here was taken during Paul's interview with Shelman.

I'm finally getting around to posting it today, having been diverted by Labrador's announcement Friday he was running for majority leader. With high interest in Paul and his timely comments about Labrador, I thought it was worthwhile to post on the eve of Thursday's leadership election.