Immigration hardliners: No room for us at CPAC

“You don’t have to read the tea leaves,” said Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies. “Immigration skeptics have been pushed out by Al Cardenas, it’s right there out in the open.”

Krikorian said pressure to quiet their opposition to reforms began to intensify in 2012 and became overt last year…

Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform and immigration reform supporter, also rejected the complaints.

“There’s nothing ‘right’ about being ‘anti’ – you can be anti-immigrant but it has nothing to do with conservatism,” he said. “If no one’s talking about [their issue] in a nice way they have a problem with the electorate, with elected officials views of what they want to share with a conservative audience.”