The insistence from Democrats for a bill including a pathway to citizenship will ultimately doom immigration reform, Idaho Republican Rep. Raul Labrador said Wednesday.
Labrador got into a heated exchanged with msnbc host Alex Wagner and her panelists over which would party would shoulder more of the blame if Congress fails to pass meaningful immigration reform this year.
"As Chuck Schumer said yesterday for example, that any bill without a pathway to citizenship is dead in the Senate, so if Chuck Schumer is not going to accept anything unless he gets 100% of what he wants, then he's the one who's killing immigration reform," Labrador said of the Democratic senator from New York.
He later acknowledged that "there's absolutely no chance the Senate bill passes the House of Representatives," saying that the House legislation could contain a path to legal status, but was unlikely to contain a path to citizenship.
After Wagner read a passage from Nate Cohn's latest piece in The New Republic, in which Cohn argued that Republicans must change their economic and social message if they fail to pass immigration reform, Labrador dismissed any advice coming from the left, saying, "pandering to the Hispanic community like The New Republic and msnbc wants us to do, that is actually a recipe for disaster."