Appearing in Lincoln, Norquist urges targeted immigration reformBy the way, when I said "employers of illegal immigrant labor and reconquistas", that was just a guess, but I checked—an earlier story says
By Don Walton, Lincoln Journal Star, February 2, 2015
Norquist, in Lincoln to address a dinner hosted by a number of business and civic organizations, zeroed in on reforms that would open the door for high-skilled foreign students who are educated in the United States to remain here along with providing "a significant increase" in work permits.
During an interview prior to his speech, Norquist said he's also open to wider reforms that would allow undocumented immigrants who have settled in the United States to stay here and acquire work permits.
"If they're not violating our laws and are paying their taxes and they're here working, I am open to that," he said.
"What's the alternative?" he asked. "Throw them out?
"We just need to winnow out the bad eggs."
Norquist, best-known as the founder of the political advocacy organization that asks candidates to sign a pledge to oppose any increase in taxes, said the immigration reforms he supports would strengthen the American economy.
"Some people have argued that international students who earn graduate degrees here in engineering and high-tech or entrepreneurial skills should have a green card stapled to their diploma," Norquist said.
"I agree with that. Why push someone like that away?"
"They will create jobs. And if we push them out, they will create competing jobs somewhere else." [More, emphases added.]
Norquist was invited to speak at an invitation-only reception and dinner Feb. 2 at Lincoln Station by a coalition of businesses, people, lawyers and interest groups: the Nebraska Restaurant Association, the Nebraska Retail Federation, Nebraska Cattlemen Association, League of Women Voters of Lancaster County, Prairie Fire — The Progressive Voice of the Great Plains, Brown Immigration Law LLC of Lincoln and Justice for Our Neighbors of Nebraska, a nonprofit in Omaha.Of course, what America needs is not targeted immigration "reform", but a targeted deportation policy.