How Grover's Friday Meetings Might Make Immigration Reform Happen
Grover Norquist’s Wednesday meetings are a minor Capitol Hill legend. He’s now using that successful model to push for comprehensive immigration reform, hosting fortnightly meetings that just tackle immigration. The meetings bring together a diverse crew, including representatives from Cato, the Chamber of Commerce, and the Hispanic Leadership Fund, as well as staffers from the offices of members of the Senate’s Gang of Eight.
Norquist has little patience for conservatives who argue against comprehensive immigration reform on the grounds that it would expand the welfare rolls and be fiscally irresponsible. “The idea of treating people as a liability — that more people coming in might go on welfare — that’s an argument against having babies, that’s an argument for car accidents, an argument for abortion,” he explained to me.