Congressman Labrador feels immigration system needs modernized for the 21st century

LEWISTON, ID - The battle regarding immigration is heating in the Gem State, as Governor 'Butch' Otter is calling on the feds to not use Idaho as a destination for undocumented immigrant children.

This sentiment isn't felt only at the state level as Congressman Raul Labrador feels like immigration reform is key.

According to the Health and Welfare Department 57,000 minors, mostly from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala, have illegally crossed into the U.S. since October. And while a small number of the children are now living in Idaho, the department said that none of the children are in the state's custody.

Congressman Labrador said reform is needed to fit this day and age and something he hopes to change in congress.

"You know immigration is pretty simple we need to secure the border, we need to have a guest worker program that works and we need to figure out how to modernize our immigration system for the 21st-century," said Congressman Labrador.

The first votes on immigration reform are not expected until September.