Secretary of State Kris Kobach said President Obama's plan for comprehensive immigration reform was out of touch with Congress and the American public. But the plan is strikingly similar to proposals being developed by Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., which have been endorsed by former GOP vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis. Rubio wants to allow illegal immigrants currently living in the United States to gain provisional legal status and eventually citizenship. "Ultimately it's not good for our country to have people permanently trapped in that status where they can't become citizens," Rubio said. Last week anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist told Kansas lawmakers in Topeka that Kobach's hard-line approach to immigration was bad for the economy and bad politically for Republicans.
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