Labrador vows to defend Constitution
January 20, 2013
By U.S. Congressman Raul Labrador
This week the President announced a series of
executive actions that he would take regarding
firearms laws at a theatrical press conference
at which the President surrounded himself with
children. Like many of you, I found the
President's use of children to drive his agenda
However, I will carefully review the President’s
executive actions and his legislative proposals.
Our Founding Fathers believed the right to bear
arms was essential to the cause of freedom.
Those same Founders also gave the executive
branch the authority to enforce the laws
protecting this right and our security — and
this is the authority the President was
asserting when he signed his executive actions.
I will review these proposals to ensure that the
President's actions and proposals do not violate
our constitutionally protected right to bear
arms. I will also thoughtfully consider whether
the laws we currently have on the books can be
better enforced to safeguard our lives and our
I have always defended the Second Amendment and
will continue to do so with my heart and soul. I
look forward to having a thoughtful, honest and
straightforward discussion about these issues in
the Judiciary Committee over the next few
The gun control press conference capped off a
busy period in Washington, D.C.
The House recently elected a Speaker and
organized for the 113th Session of Congress.
Among the items of business for the House and
for the Judiciary Committee will be immigration
I have worked hard to have what Politico
describes as “a leading GOP voice on immigration
changes,” and want you to know that I want
changes to our immigration laws that reflect our
conservative values and heritage.
That means no amnesty and no special pathway to
citizenship. We must find a solution that is
fair to immigrants who have done things the
legal way, fair to those who are struggling to
achieve their dreams but are caught within our
broken immigration system and, most importantly,
fair to our American citizens who demand
fidelity to the law.
I look forward to continuing the discussion with
you as immigration bills are introduced and
debated in Congress.
Finally, I wanted to share with you an article
that explains my involvement in the organization
of the 113th Congress and my goals and
philosophy moving forward over the next two
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