An unlikely coalition of business and social interests tried last year to get the legislature to establish a state program that would help ag businesses hire undocumented workers and let them legally stay in the state. Conservative lightning rod Grover Norquist – more known for his anti-tax crusades than his immigration beliefs – endorsed the plan during a speech in Topeka this week. He likened current U-S immigration law to the 55-mile-per-hour speed limit enacted in the 70s. Norquist says most people broke that law, too.
NORQUIST: “We had a speed limit that wasn’t reasonable. What we did do eventually is to change the speed limit so it matched reality. We need to have an immigration law that matches reality.”
Norquist talked to the Kansas Business Coalition for Immigration Reform, which includes several Chambers, commodity groups, the Kansas Farm Bureau and immigration advocates. Peggy Lowe. Harvest Public Media.