Raúl Labrador: Syria Will Delay Immigration Debate

AP

“I think we have the situation in Syria, we have the monetary situation, we have the situation with what’s called the debt ceiling, which is the ceiling of the debt that we have in the United States,” he said in an interview set to air Sunday on Al Punto with Jorge Ramos. “All these things are now coming forward. They are the things that we have to do immediately, right now. And unfortunately, I think that is going to delay the immigration debate a little.”

He continued: “I think that if we don’t do it now, in 2013, it’s not going to be — it’s not going to happen in 2014. And that means that we’re going to have to wait until 2015. So now, that time is — it’s becoming a lot shorter. We don’t know exactly when we’re going to be able to have this debate. A lot of us thought that the debate was going to be in October, but now, with the problems that we’re having internationally and also here in this country, I don’t see how we’re going to be able to have this debate until–until November. And I really don’t know if it will be possible to do it in November.”

As for the resolution to authorize military force in Syria, Labrador said, “I don’t know exactly what I’m going to do. I’m thinking that I’m going to vote no.”

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