Labrador also said conservatives need to stop “flagellating” themselves about their tone on immigration, mentioning most of the harsh rhetoric was coming from about five Republicans. His comments were part of a CPAC panel on immigration reform, and were, for the most part, warmly received.
“The president of the United States voted for an amendment that killed immigration reform,” Labrador argued, referring to the Durbin amendment during the 2007 immigration reform effort, “and yet he got 75 percent of the Hispanic vote.”
Still, he did note that it could help conservatives to sometimes soften their language.
“The problem with the modern Republican party is you have a bunch of Republicans who speak like conservatives and act like moderates,” Labrador said. “We need Republicans who can speak like moderates and act like conservatives.”