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Anti-tax activist Norquist touts immigration reform

BOISE – Grover Norquist is best known as an anti-tax activist – he wrote the no-tax-hikes pledge that’s now been signed by nearly every Republican member of Congress – but he’s also a big backer of reforming the nation’s immigration laws, a cause he’s been pushing for the past 30 years. Norquist came to Boise on Tuesday to tell Idahoans why he thinks conservatives should support immigration reform. A crowd of more than 250 came to the talk sponsored by the City Club of Boise.

Norquist: Conservatives should back immigration reform

Grover Norquist is best known as an anti-tax activist – he wrote the no-tax-hikes pledge that’s now been signed by nearly every Republican member of Congress – but he’s also a big backer of reforming the nation’s immigration laws, a cause he’s been pushing for the past 30 years. Norquist came to Boise on Tuesday to tell Idahoans why he thinks conservatives should support immigration reform, and drew a crowd of more than 400 to the talk sponsored by the City Club of Boise.

Pollsters find broad support for immigration bill

BOISE – A new statewide poll shows Idaho voters strongly in support of the bipartisan “Gang of Eight” immigration bill now being debated in the U.S. Senate, with 67 percent saying they support the bill, 75 percent saying they back a path to citizenship that includes tough requirements and 89 percent saying the United States should fix its immigration system this year. Both of Idaho’s senators have opposed the bill in the two procedural votes taken on it thus far. GOP Sens. Jim Risch and Mike Crapo were among just 15 senators that opposed allowing debate to start on the bill. Now, the Senate is debating various possible amendments.

Rep. Raul Labrador to still work toward immigration reform

MERIDIAN, Idaho – Idaho’s U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador pledged Monday to keep working on immigration reform, despite having walked away last week from a bipartisan group working to write a House bill. “I promise you, this does not delay the process,” he told a dozen members of the Coalition for Immigrant Rights of Idaho who stood chanting in the foyer of his office for nearly 40 minutes before Labrador emerged from a conference call. Labrador then talked with the group, answering questions in both Spanish and English for the next 45 minutes, in a conversation that was sometimes friendly but occasionally heated.

Labrador pledges to continue immigration reform push

Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador pledged Monday to keep working on immigration reform, despite having walked away last week from a bipartisan group of eight members working to craft a House bill.

Labrador blasts Obama on budget; softens on immigration

U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador blasted President Barack Obama on Wednesday for lack of leadership in the sequestration spat, while hinting his willingness to accept some Democratic positions in potential immigration reform legislation.