Norquist on side of immigration reformers

04/23/2013 12:31 PM

04/23/2013 1:01 PM

Predictably, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach was a star witness at Monday's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the Gang of Eight's immigration reform bill, fearmongering about its potential to lead to more attacks like the Boston Marathon bombings. But another witness, anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist (in photo), surprised some with his testimony in favor of reform, arguing that "people are an asset, they're not a liability," and that those who would make the nation less immigrant-friendly "would also make us less successful, less prosperous and certainly less American." Afterward, Norquist tweeted: "Anti-immigrant witnesses @ Senate Judiciary hearing were quite weak. The communities of faith, farmers and business guys are all with Reagan." When Norquist visited Topeka in January with a similar message for conservative legislators, Kobach responded that Norquist "has no legal expertise in immigration law."

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