Update November 17th: Ali Noorani has his own gig at Fox News Latino and spreads Norquist’s message, here.
If anyone had any doubts about whether Grover Norquist, the guy who is supposedly working to protect the taxpayer, is open borders or not, there is no longer any question. (LOL! Is he even a conservative?) This past weekend he was a keynote speaker at something called the Midwest Summit which Richard Falknor (Blue Ridge Forum) alerted us to here on October 4th.
UPDATE OCTOBER 4! Grover Norquist will keynote the “Midwest Summit: Forging a New Consensus on Immigrants and Immigration” of the open-borders National Immigration Forum in Indianapolis, IN on October 12. Ali Noorani is executive director of the National Immigration Forum. Norquist and Noorani were slated as panelists just over a year ago at the “Arab-American leadership conference in Detroit to tackle Islamophobia and the 2012 election” here, then also here.
Here is ABC reporting on what Norquist told the participants, including giant corporations in need of labor, this past weekend.
A conservative power player, best known for leading the Republican charge against tax increases, spent some time on Friday advocating for a different cause: immigration reform.
Grover Norquist, the head of Americans for Tax Reform, gave the keynote speech at the Midwest Summit, which brought together 80 regional leaders from business, faith and law enforcement.
“It’s the most important thing to focus on if you’re concerned about the future of the country both as an economic power and as a serious leader of the world, or simply as a successful society,” Norquist said in the address. “It’s not only good policy to have more immigrants in the United States — dramatically more immigrants than we do today, to having a path forward for those people who are here. It’s not only a good idea, but it’s good politics.”
Republican candidates who champion restrictionist immigration policies are betting on a losing horse, Norquist argued in his address.
He goes on to say that the issue of restricting immigration is not a winner with voters. However, I want to remind Norquist that when the Bush/Kennedy/McCain “comprehensive immigration reform” bill went before Congress (endorsed by Norquist’s Americans for Tax Reform) it was defeated in 2007 because the grassroots citizenry came to life. In fact, I have said many times on these pages that that successful effort by country class Americans was probably the real first success of a movement that would later be dubbed the Tea Party.
Local Tea Party groups must disavow Norquist because as we see with this Immigration restriction blogger, many link Norquist to the Tea Party.
This issue for Norquist is a twofer—more cheap immigrant labor for the big corporations/hotels! etc. that Grover depends on, plus more Muslim immigrants for his other buddies. Way back in August 2007 I reported at Refugee Resettlement Watch that Grover Norquist and David Keene (American Conservative Union) were pushing a letter in search of other “conservative” signers to promote the idea of bringing large numbers of Iraqi “refugees” to the US—before the war was over and thereby signalling our defeat. John Podesta/Soros’ outfit, Center for American Progress was pushing for an airlift of over 100,000 Iraqis to the US which puts Norquist and Podesta on the same side of the highly controversial issue.
I have also mentioned Ali Noorani from time to time, here is a mention in 2009 where Noorani, a Pakistani American, praises the selection of Senator Chuck Schumer to head the immigration subcommittee in the US Senate.
Did you notice in Lara Logan’s speech that she blamed Pakistani lobbying money for pushing the false narrative in Washington, DC that we need to go to sleep because the Islamic threat is going away? Any connection between Pakistani money and lobbyists Norquist and Noorani? Here is one, investigative author Paul Sperry says that Norquist lobbied for military aid for the Pakistani government.